Liverpool willing to rival Man United for signing of Marc Guehi this summer

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Liverpool are reportedly plotting a potential move for Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi this summer, but face competition from rivals Manchester United.

The Reds could look to bolster their centre-back options at the end of the season, assuming Joel Matip moves on to pastures new when his current deal expires.

There is still arguably too much onus on Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate to stay fit for long periods – the former is now 32 and the latter is injury-prone – even though Jarell Quansah has done an admirable job this season.

It looks as though Guehi has emerged as a genuine target Liverpool in the summer transfer window, following an update from The Telegraph‘s Matt Law:

“Liverpool are interested in signing central defender Marc Guehi, with new Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner already facing a battle to hold on to the club’s star players this summer.”

On X, Law also posted an update, saying that United “could rival Liverpool if Dan Ashworth can be appointed in time“, with the Reds’ rivals looking to appoint him as their new sporting director.

Our thoughts on Liverpool signing Guehi this summer…

Guehi looks like a strong option to come in and boost Liverpool’s defence in the summer, although the one downside could be how much he costs.

The cost of English players can arguably be bloated at times, with United and City arguably paying over the odds for Harry Maguire and Jack Grealish in recent years, and Palace will likely demand huge money for their defender.

That being said, Guehi is maturing into a genuinely formidable centre-back, proving to be one of the Eagles’ most important players and forging a strong partnership with Joachim Andersen.

Still only 23, the Palace star has started 22 Premier League games this season, averaging 3.9 clearance per game in the process, and he will hope to play a prominent role for England at Euro 2024.

Guehi probably deserves to start alongside John Stones in the left-side centre-back role, given his consistency in recent years, although Gareth Southgate could opt to play Maguire instead.

Whether there are cheaper options out there who are on a similar level is up for debate, with Sporting CP’s Goncalo Inacio linked with a move to Liverpool and arguably an even bigger talent, but there wouldn’t be too many negatives to the Reds signing Guehi.

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