Liverpool will not be signing Mahmoud Dahoud in January, but neither will our rivals for his services Borussia Dortmund, promises Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Elberl.
The 20-year-old midfielder is a well known target of Jurgen Klopp and some reports suggested we’d go for him in January to avoid a summer bidding war, despite the fact he has a low release-clause which only becomes active at the end of the season.
Dortmund were also linked with a winter move involving a swap-deal for Nuri Sahin, but it appears all potential suitors will have to wait.
“There is a zero per cent chance that Mahmoud will leave in January,” Eberl told German magazine Kicker, cited by Metro.
“There is no offer for him on the table from any club and we have not had any offers for him in the past either,” Eberl added.
“It is the club’s desire to extend his contract. We have not opened talks yet, but that will soon happen.
“We will have to consider our options if he only has one year left on his contract next year, but that is pure speculation at this stage.”
Actually, this probably suits Liverpool.
Klopp wants a winger or attacker in January to cover for Sadio Mane’s AFCON absence and Danny Ings’ season ending injury.
For this reason, we were not going to make Dahoud a priority this coming window, so would likely have missed out on him had he been for sale.
But the fact the Bundesliga outfit won’t sell yet means we can target the Syrian-born youngster in preparation for the 2017/18 campaign.
Hopefully, we’ll have the lure of Champions League football to offer by this point and Dahoud will be ready to make the first big transfer of his fledgling career.