Sporting CP’s Ousmane Diomande has emerged as a potential defensive target for Liverpool in the summer transfer window.
It has been a quiet winter for the Anfield club, with no business expected towards the end of the month.
It was previously reported by the Liverpool Echo that Diomande is currently being scouted by the Reds.
The central defender is currently at AFCON representing Ivory Coast, and could show the world what he is all about if the host nation go on to win the tournament.
At just 20, Diomande has established himself as first-team regular for Sporting this season.
He has made 21 appearances in all competitions under manager Rúben Amorim, managing to chip in with 2 goals and an assist.
With Joel Matip’s contract expiring at the end of the season, it is believed that the Reds will reinforce in the summer – with Ousmane Diomande on the shortlist.
What did David Lynch say about Ousmane Diomande?
Speaking on his YouTube channel, the Liverpool journalist all but confirmed that Liverpool are actively monitoring:
“The one thing I will say about Diomande is, yes, I’ve been given encouragement [by sources] that he is a player Liverpool are looking at, a player they’re scouting,” Lynch began.
“But he was put to me in this way that if you’ve got a promising player who’s 20-years-old and playing in a top five European league for a club with huge demands around Sporting, similar to Liverpool the pressures that are on them.”
“If you’ve got a 20-year-old coming in in a defensive role there and doing really well, it would be remiss of Liverpool’s scouts wouldn’t it to not be keeping an eye on a player of that sort.”
“So, I think that yes, he’s someone Liverpool are looking at.
“But I would also er on the side of caution from saying he’s definitely someone Liverpool are targeting or even in fact that Liverpool are definitely going to sign a centre-half in the summer.”
Liverpool need to refresh their backline
The emergence of Jarell Quansah has helped to paper over the cracks, but Liverpool’s defensive unit still needs an extra body.
As mentioned, it is unclear whether Matip will extend his stay.
Even if he does, the Reds need some young blood to ensure a smooth period of transition when Virgil van Dijk eventually bids goodbye to Anfield.
Nonetheless, Lynch has made it clear that it is not a certainty that Liverpool get a centre-back in the summer transfer window.
As always, Jurgen Klopp and co. will have a plan on how to address the defense, and only time will tell what that plan is.