Gini Wijnaldum has departed from Anfield, with the long-time club servant currently shining for Netherlands at Euro 2020 ahead of formally completing his free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. A host of names have been linked to replace the midfield stalwart in the Liverpool squad ranging from Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans to Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini.
It would appear, however, that reliable transfer sources are coalescing around another name as being concretely linked to an Anfield move: Borussia Monchengladbach’s Florian Neuhaus. The 24-year-old has been cropping up in the Liverpool rumor mill for the past few weeks, but noted transfer source, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Reds have taken the step of opening talks with the player’s representatives:
“Neuhaus from Borussia Monchengladbach, it is true there are a lot of rumours about him from Germany,” Romano is quoted saying on his Here We Go podcast.
“It is true that [Liverpool] are pursuing the player, they are in touch with the agent but it’s not advanced yet between clubs. Borussia are still waiting to see what Liverpool want to do. But my feeling is that it is not a quick negotiation now, they need to wait a bit for Neuhaus.”
German source, Florian Plettenburg has also reported that Jurgen Klopp’s interest is real and that a “concrete offer” for the player’s services is imminent, while Spanish publication, AS also expect the switch to happen.
Update #Neuhaus (due to many inquiries): #LFC is definitely a highly interesting option for the player. A concrete offer for him is expected. It's also up to Klopp. However, a decision on his future will be made after the Euros. @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) June 17, 2021
While all of the targets linked so far are encouraging, the TLO unofficial, extra-credit scouting report suggests that the thrice-capped German international, currently away at the Euros with the national squad, could be an excellent Wijnaldum replacement. The growing chorus around Neuhaus should encourage Reds supporters that reinforcements, in one form or another, are likely on the way.