It was no secret Liverpool wanted to sign 20-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud over the summer. Having just lost Granit Xhaka to Arsenal, though, the Bundesliga side were unwilling to deal another key piece of their midfield and any hopes of a completed transfer quickly faded.
Liverpool, though, signalled that they were happy to wait—that they would return for Dahoud next summer, when a rumoured timed release clause would drop the promising youngster’s cost down to a mere £8.5M. They had reportedly been willing to pay upwards of £20M to capture him last summer.
If they can get him for £8.5M, it would make for a compelling bit of business, similar to the club triggering the release clauses of Emre Can and Loris Karius for a combined £15M. Bundesliga clubs are notorious for handing young players low release clauses before it’s clear if they will pan out in an attempt to keep wages down.
However, the wait also brought with it a risk that other clubs could join the hunt more seriously. Today, a series of reports in the English tabloids and out of Italy claim just that is happening, and that both Manchester City and Juventus are now in for Dahoud, with Juventus looking to strike first in January.
While Manchester City might appear the more threatening, it is Juventus who are believed to be putting together a £13.5M January offer in the hopes Monchengladbach jump at the chance to make an extra £5M off the sale of their rising star. True or not, though, Liverpool would have known this was a possibility.
If Juventus are serious in their interest, it could spark a Janaury bidding war—with a purchase and immediate loan-back likely on the table. Or, if Dahoud is as sold on Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool as they are on him, it could lead to a whole lot of not much and the player moving to Anfield at the end of the season.
Regardless, we know Liverpool want Dahoud. And we always knew others were likely to come for him. He’s too talented for this to have ever been an easy deal. The only question is just how hard it is to get done, and if Liverpool manage to get him in the end and prove that waiting was the right choice.