Mignolet emerges as transfer target for Nice

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Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (L) fails to save a shot from Chelsea's Brazilian defender Emerson Palmieri during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 26, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has emerged as a transfer target for Nice.


The Ligue 1 side, who are currently managed by former Arsenal and France midfielder Patrick Vieira, are keen to do a deal to sign the Belgian international in January.

That is the claim being made in an article by a newspaper in his homeland, Het Belang van Limburg, who are reporting that Vieira is not satisfied with Yoan Cardinale and Walter Benitez and wants to sign Mignolet to replace the pair.

He looked almost certain to make an exit from Anfield in the Summer following the world record arrival of Brazil international Alisson Bekcer from AS Roma in July.

But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp instead opted to allow Loris Karius to make a move to Turkish club Besiktas, leaving Mignolet as the only senior backup to his new number one.

The former Sunderland man was not pleased about this and stated his lack of satisfaction with his situation at the time, but has been professional so far this season.


“The transfer of Karius doesn’t change anything for me. I have always been clear: I want to play.” he said.

“Being number two or number three makes little difference. Playing minutes is the most important thing.

“Nobody has said anything to me after the departure of Loris. So I don’t know what my future at Liverpool is.

“I find it bizarre that Karius was loaned while I also had options to be loaned. But for some reason that was not possible.

“A goalkeeper who was preferred to me last year may leave on a loan basis. Strange.” he finished.

Mignolet made his only start of the season in the 2-1 League Cup loss against Chelsea – which saw the Reds knocked out of the competition and further reduced his chances of game time.

Liverpool are unlikely to allow him to move on in January, so Nice will have to look elsewhere.


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