Reported Liverpool target to replace Emre Can clarifies £40m summer move links

MONACO ace Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed he would be keen on a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The 22-year-old powerhouse midfielder is on Jose Mourinho’s radar at Manchester United and Jurgen Klopp’s at Liverpool.

The Reds considered a bid for the France Under-21 international in January and are expected to make a move in the summer.

Bakayoko has helped Monaco to top spot in Ligue 1 and has impressed in the engine room. He could be considered as a potential replacement for under-fire Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, who has been often criticised due to unconvincing displays this year.

Mourinho and Klopp are expected to battle it out for his signature at the end of the season, but his latest comments suggest he would prefer a move to the French capital.

Speaking to Le Parisien, he said: “I had a trial in an international tournament in Nimes and we played against Arsenal.

“The opportunity to sign for the PSG youth academy presented itself after Montrouge. But my dad and my brother chose Rennes, the best youth academy at the time.

“Not going to PSG hurt me, I even had tears in my eyes.

“So if the opportunity presents itself, I will not refuse a move to PSG. But I am only 22, and I feel very good at Monaco.”

Bakayoko is a combative midfielder who excels at breaking up play. He has an excellent tackling ability, strong aerially. Also, the energy, selflessness and ferocity make him a driving force for the French club.

However, in 2016, the former France U21 international described the Premier League move as a dream.

Bakayoko told Eurosport: “The Premier League makes you dream, Monaco is a beautiful club”.

The £40m-rated mn is in his third season at Monaco and, as well as leading the French division ahead of PSG, they are in the Champions League last-16 against Manchester City.

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