The agent of Simon Mignolet has said that it is going to be “very difficult” to get Liverpool to grant the goalkeeper’s wish of a move in the January transfer window.
Mignolet has only played once for Liverpool so far this season following the arrival of Alisson for £65 million and is eager for regular game-time.
But with Loris Karius and Danny Ward leaving in the summer, Liverpool only have youngsters Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher beneath Mignolet — both of whom have never played a competitive first-team match.
“We have to be realistic,” Nico Vaesen said. “There are not many good possible transfers in January, especially not for a goalkeeper.
“Circumstances have to be right for everybody. If something is to happen in January, it will be very difficult to do something. If Simon goes or could go in January, Liverpool have to look for a replacement as well.
“So I understand from a club’s point of view that it’s not easy to do. In that respect, we know each other’s problems. We’ll see how and when we can solve them.”
Mignolet wanted to leave Liverpool this summer in search of a starting berth, but Liverpool would not sanction any departure once Karius had joined Besiktas on a two-year loan.
French side Nice have been reported to hold an interest in the 30-year-old and were linked with a move in January.
“It’s all paper talk,” Vaesen said of the links to Patrick Viera’s team. “I don’t where the stories from Nice and everywhere came out.
“It’s not because I go to a game — Monaco vs. Brugge — and I’m spotted in Nice and that I’m speaking on behalf of Simon that he goes to Nice. I’ve heard and read all sorts of comments regarding speculation about Simon.