Premier League • England

Liverpool make fresh contact with top quality midfield signing as secret Naby Keita connection gives Jurgen Klopp hope

Frenkie de Jong, Konrad Laimer, Netherlands v Austria at Euro 2020

to say the Liverpool are reportedly in fresh contact with the agent of Konrad Laimer over a prospective transfer to Anfield – and hope is growing that Jurgen Klopp’s side can pull off his signing.

The Reds’ need for new blood in midfield in the upcoming transfer windows is well documented. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both out of contract next summer and able to discuss free-transfer moves from January 1.

Meanwhile, the evergreen James Milner – despite his late heroics on Wednesday night – but just be in his final season at Anfield. Milner turns 37 in January and it remains to be seen if he will extend his stay at Anfield for yet another year.

Furthermore, both Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson are the wrong side of 30. Both players have picked up injuries this season and are showing signs of slowing down.

As such, Liverpool know the midfield is an area that needs urgent attention over the next two transfer windows.

Their top targets, though, will cost a lot of money. Jude Bellingham is right at the top of their wishlist, though competition for the Dortmund star’s signature is likely to be tough. To that end, suitors can expect to pay around £100m for his services.

Another name reportedly in the frame is Frenkie de Jong. The Dutchman’s future at Barcelona remains under the spotlight and a report earlier this week revealed how Casemiro has inadvertently given Liverpool hope over a deal.

However, with Liverpool needing two midfield signings, many theorise that one of them may come on the cheap, with the other a blockbuster signing.

Liverpool have secret formula to land Konrad Laimer deal

To that end, the Reds are strongly linked with a move for RB Leipzig star Laimer.

The Austrian is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga, having been with the franchise since a 2017 switch from sister club Salzburg.

But with his contract expiring in the summer, he has reportedly informed Leipzig of his intensions to quit.

Indeed, Laimer was strongly linked with a move to Anfield over the summer, only for the Bundesliga side to rebuff their efforts.

However, Laimer has since admitted to being a Liverpool fan and of his desire to play in the Premier League.

Now, according to BILD journalist Christian Falk, Liverpool are in fresh contact with Laimer over a move.

It is not know whether Liverpool intend to sign him on a pre-contract agreement or on a cut-price January move.

Either way, though, their interest in Laimer is very much genuine, though both Bayern Munich and Chelsea are also reportedly keen.

However, it seems the Reds may have an ace up their sleeve with regards his potential move.

As per Falk, Laimer is represented by the same agent as Naby Keita. Their shared representative, Bjorn Bezemer, is already well known to Reds sporting director Julian Ward and Co.

And in discussions over Keita’s future, the name of Laimer is also believed to have cropped up.

Liverpool, Leipzig free-transfer swap a possibility

As such, there is a possibility that Liverpool and Leipzig could organise a midfielder swap deal. That would see Keita moving back to Leipzig, with Laimer heading to Anfield the other way.

That deal is likely to suit all parties, with both clubs landing a quality replacement at no additional cost.

And while there is no suggestion that such talks have taken place, it’s a move that ticks plenty of boxes.

Keita’s time at Anfield has been hugely frustrating to say the least. He has suffered with a series of injuries that have denied him a chance to really illustrate his true abilities.

But a return to his former club will undoubtedly suit the Guinean.

As for Konrad Laimer, he would prove a perfect addition to Klopp’s side. A great all-rounder, he looks a natural long-term successor to Henderson.

At 25, the Austrian’s best years are ahead of him. As such, Liverpool would be wise to look to tie up his signature as soon as possible.

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