A new report from journalist David Lynch on the Liverpool Echo sheds some light on Liverpool FC’s transfer window plans. If it wasn’t already clear enough from the names being linked to the club, Lynch confirms that the club’s priorities are indeed in midfield and upfront.
One such player is PSV Eindhoven’s 22 year-old Donyell Malen. The speedy attacker impressed at the Euros despite having the misfortune of being coached by Frank de Boer. Malen has also been productive in club football, registering 19 Eredivisie goals, with another eight in assists. Over the last two seasons, he has scored 44 goals in 70 appearances for PSV.
Given Liverpool’s general reticence to conduct business with his agent Mino Raiola, it’s probably not surprising that the club is keeping tabs but hasn’t actually made a move for the player. There are other obstacles in the way, namely Borussia Dortmund, who have earmarked Malen to replace Manchester United-bound winger Jadon Sancho. Dortmund can offer the player more playing time and has forged a reputation as a place young players can go before making the switch to a European giant down the line. At Liverpool, he would be deputising for Salah/Mane, which would limit his minutes.
The second slightly more eyebrow-raising obstacle is reportedly his wage demands. He is reportedly asking for £85k/€100k a week, which is double what Diogo Jota currently earns.
This seems like a difficult transfer to pull off... so expect Liverpool to sit back and watch how the market unfolds before making serious moves.