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Fabrizio Romano confirms Liverpool scouting talented Dutch midfielder, as target responds to Anfield links

eun Koopmeiners , Vincent Janssen and Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands during the UEFA Nations League, League A, Group 4 match between Netherlands and Wales

Liverpool have indeed been keeping tabs on a Dutch midfielder starring in Serie A after links emerged in recent days, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Midfield is Liverpool’s main priority to strengthen in the transfer market. None of their current options in that territory have really covered themselves in glory this season. Some might be nearing the end of their time with the club.

Liverpool will need to reinvest in the department soon. It has been a while since they really focused on their midfield in the transfer market.

Now, various rumours are appearing about who they may want to target. In recent days, a new suggestion emerged when Tutto Atalanta claimed Teun Koopmeiners was on their radar again.

An international colleague of Cody Gakpo, in theory he could become Liverpool’s second Dutch signing of 2023.

Koopmeiners was linked with Liverpool back in April 2021. But he ended up at Atalanta that summer instead when he left AZ in his native Netherlands.

Recently, Liverpool have supposedly got back in contact with the 24-year-old’s entourage amid a season in which he has scored five goals from 17 appearances.

But according to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool are yet to approach Koopmeiners’ current club.

That said, they were watching his performances last year.

Romano told Caught Offside: “Honestly, Atalanta have never received any approaches for Teun Koopmeiners in January.

“It’s a quiet situation and I don’t see them selling another midfielder after Ruslan Malinovskyi to Marseille.

“Rumours are there because Liverpool sent their scouts to monitor him multiple times in the last year. But things are quiet on the Koopmeiners deal, as of now.”

Teun Koopmeiners reveals stance on Liverpool links

Besides, the player himself has spoken about the rumours and seems to have confirmed his intention to stay at Atalanta.

Koopmeiners said before their game against Bologna on Monday: “I saw news that regarded me being linked with Liverpool.

“It’s nice to see but I am 100% concentrated on Atalanta. I am happy to play here.”

Koopmeiners is under contract in Bergamo until 2025, with the option of a further year.

As a left-footed player, he could have offered something different to Liverpool’s midfield. But the comments from Romano and Koopmeiners himself seem to indicate he will be going nowhere this month.

Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini has also already issued a clear message that they will not be letting go of Koopmeiners in January.

Perhaps he could be a target for Liverpool to revisit in the future. After all, their midfield needs a lot of work still. They might need to follow up any January signing with another addition in the summer.

Whether Koopmeiners could be available by then, only time will tell. But it is evident that Liverpool are looking far and wide as they aim to reconstruct the centre of their formation. And rightly so.

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