The 22 year old, who was born in France, had been heavily capped by Les Bleus at various youth levels before accepting the call to play for his country of origin, and already has a wealth of experience for one so young.
The Sochaux youngster, having made his league debut at the age of 18, has already racked up over 130 Ligue 1 appearances at the club.
Sochaux, a club normally involved in the relegation dogfight finished 5th that season and Boudebouz bagged eight goals and eight assists from a wide midfield berth. Unfortunately for Sochaux they were unable to keep that squad together as players were picked-off by bigger clubs and, following the side’s poor league form this term, the 22 year old Boudebouz is ready to move on.
Lille, Lyon and Marseille have all been alerted to the player, who has been described as having great trickery, skill and creativity, but Liverpool are also believed to be keen on him, with reports suggesting that the Anfield club, despite being manager-less, have made contact with the player’s representatives.
In comments made to Sky Sports after Algeria’s 3-0 friendly win over Niger, Boudebouz himself stated:
“Certainly, my agent is in talks with some clubs, particularly in France, but there is still nothing concrete. There is also Liverpool, who have initiated discussions with my agent, but at the risk of repeating myself, everything is in the discussion stage, no more.”
Meanwhile, reports in Italian newspaper the Corriere dello Sport suggest that the Reds are set to launch a double swoop for Napoli duo Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi. The pair, who caught the eye in the Italian side’s run to the Champions League knock-out stages, are believed to have re-surfaced on the Anfield club’s radar following Napoli’s failure to qualify for next season’s tournament.
Lavezzi has become an integral part of Napoli’s attacking philosophy. His dribbling ability, pace, vision and knack for scoring goals has seen him cement his place in the team and he has been the perfect foil for Cavani and Hamsik. With 11 goals and 11 assists last season Lavezzi maybe the perfect fit for a Liverpool side lacking in goals and individual flair.
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