Liverpool are willing to pay up to £25m to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s starlet midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, reckons Ed Aarons in the Guardian, but will face a tough task in convincing the Bundesliga outfit to sell.
The report suggests sources close to the club have told them that having already sold Granit Xhaka to Arsenal this summer, Gladbach will reject all approaches for the Syrian-born German – with the player himself happy to commit to another season.
Dahoud’s contract expires in 2018, but the Guardian reckon he’ll be offered a bumper extension which will see the fee required to sign him rise significantly.
Liverpool had a number of problem areas to address this summer, and are slowly ticking them off. A goalkeeper in Loris Karius has arrived; centre-back Joel Matip’s here on a free; Marko Grujic provides central midfield competition and Sadio Mane provides pace and width out wide.
The feeling is we need another central midfielder as well as a left-back, and ideally – Dahoud would be the first-choice middle man.
If we cannot bring him to Merseyside, Piotr Zielinski is the next most likely – with the Times claiming the Pole could sign along with Leicester’s young left-back Ben Chilwell.