Liverpool will have to pay £43m to sign ‘one of the greatest prospects’ in the world


Liverpool will have to pay a big fee if they’re to prise Leny Yoro away from Lille in 2024.

The Reds have been linked with a number of defenders as they look to plug the gap left by Joel Matip’s season-ending injury.

The latest of those is Yoro, with Liverpool said to be ‘determined’ to enter the race for the 18-year-old.

According to French outlet Foot Mercato though, Lille won’t let him go on the cheap. They claim that it will actually take a ‘starting price’ of £43m to even get them to the table.

Even then, it seems that Les Dogues will fight tooth and nail to keep their academy graduate. With PSG said to be sniffing around, Lille reportedly ‘have no intention’ of allowing Yoro to leave for Paris.

As a result, the 2022 Ligue 1 winners are claimed to be trying to tie the youngster down to a new contract. Nevertheless, it seems like it could be a fight Lille are destined to lose. Although Liverpool aren’t specifically named here, there is said to be big competition for Yoro. Both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are mentioned as potential suitors.

Lille standing firm on Yoro
You have to feel for Lille. Every time they bring through a potentially elite talent, they never get much of a look at him.

But in fairness, their talent factory has brought them a huge amount of revenue over the years. In Yoro, they look to have got another ready-made money-spinner.

Still only 18 and now a regular in the starting XI, it’s only a matter of time before Yoro moves on. Citing Liverpool’s interest yesterday, Le10Sport called him ‘one of the greatest prospects in the world.’ He’s a huge talent.

In terms of his potential then, the £43m asking-price may not actually be that bad. If he’s as good as he looks, the France U21 international could be worth three times that in a couple of years.

On the flip-side, you can’t say with certainty how these ‘wonderkids’ will progress. Yoro could be signed for a big fee and go on to not fulfil his potential. Or worse, regress.

So, that’s why we actually don’t see Liverpool wading into this one. How often is it that the Reds put down big money on a teenager?

No matter how talented a young star may be, Liverpool just don’t operate in that way. There’s too great a risk.

With big spenders like PSG and Madrid lurking, we think it’s unlikely that they’d buck that trend now. It’s worth keeping track of Yoro for sure, but we’d be surprised to see the Reds jump the queue here.

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