This month, PSV’s 21-year-old Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn has been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham and Inter Milan and Bournemouth and Torino and Bordeaux and CSKA Moscow and probably a few others on top of that.
And as of today, he’s also been linked to Liverpool, with De Telegraaf claiming the Reds are one of many, many, many clubs weighing up a move for the promising young attacker who has scored 10 goals and nine assists in 25 games this season.
On paper, at least, he’s a name that makes sense. Most of Liverpool’s core players are between 25 and 28, and assuming that core is kept together beyond the current season it stands to reason any big new signings would be younger.
A young and talented attacker like Bergwijn, who can play on either flank or even down the middle in a pinch, is the sort of player who fits the template Liverpool will be looking for, and a rumoured fee of around £25-30M doesn’t seem excessive.
Just how many clubs he’s being linked to, on the other hand, has to give pause, as it has the feel either of a club trying to spark a bidding war or a player’s agent desperate to drum up interest for his client. And it makes it hard to take seriously.
What’s probably safe to assume is that Liverpool’s recruitment team will be well aware that Bergwijn is out there, putting up solid numbers in the Eredivisie, and that somebody—be it the club or player—wants to cash in with a move.
A deal for the player before the January transfer window closes seems highly unlikely. But it’s not impossible to think Bergwijn could end up at Anfield eventually. It certainly seems as though he’s going to end up somewhere other than PSV.