Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi is reportedly set to run down his contract this summer and is thinking about a move to Liverpool.
According to Estadio Deportivo, Mandi has decided that he will not be signing a contract extension with Betis and will leave as a free agent at the end of the season.
The report claims that he is considering his options, with Liverpool, Inter and Lyon mentioned, and will make a decision on his next club by next week at the latest.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Mandi seems like a strange target when you consider it on paper. He is a 29-year-old defender who has never played for a top club and has not been outstanding in La Liga this season. His statistics in comparison to Liverpool’s Nat Phillips do not make him stand out as an upgrade on the English defender. Mandi has made more ball recoveries per 90 this season than Phillips, whilst the Liverpool man has won more duels, made more tackles, more clearances and more blocks per 90.
This suggests that, if anything, Phillips has performed to a higher level than Mandi, defensively, this season. Therefore, it would not make much sense to sign Mandi with Phillips already at the club and the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to come back from injury. That is without mentioning the possibility of signing Ozan Kabak on a permanent deal from FC Schalke following his loan spell.
With this in mind, it would not be surprising to see Mandi choose Inter or Lyon instead of the Reds. He could potentially face less competition for his place at those clubs compared to Liverpool, due to all of the players mentioned above possibly being in contention to play at the start of next season.
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