Liverpool pursuit of 25-goal winger on cut-price deal fades as star ‘seduced’ by better project

Noa Lang, Ruud Vormer Club Brugge v Union SG January 2022

Noa Lang remains a Liverpool transfer target, but the Clubb Brugge winger would prefer a move to AC Milan according to a report.

The 22-year-old Dutchman initially made his name in the Netherlands following his rise with Ajax and FC Twente. However, he has gone to another level since his transfer to Belgium in 2020.

Lang moved to Bruges on loan at first but impressed enough to earn a permanent deal at Club Brugge. In fact, he has scored 25 goals and assisted 24 others in 75 games.

And despite having a contract until 2025, there is increasing talk that he could move on again this summer.

Leeds United, West Ham and Arsenal all had initial links with a move to bring Lang to the Premier League.

Liverpool have since had mentions over their interest in the winger, as Jurgen Klopp continues to evolve his front line.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, though, Lang would prefer a move to Milan, who are another club in the hunt for him.

Indeed, the winger feels that Milan is the best project because of the trust they put in young players.

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What’s more, Lang has always admired former Milan centre-back Paolo Maldini, who is now the club’s technical director.

The development fades Liverpool’s hopes of signing Lang, amid the prospect of a cheaper fee than previously thought.

Brugge want €25million (£21million) for their star winger. However, Gazzetta dello Sport adds that the Belgian club would accept €20million (£17million) plus bonuses.

Lang has netted eight goals and assisted 13 others in 40 Bruggge appearances this season.

Lang would contribute to Liverpool front line

Noa Lang, Club Brugge v Gent February 2022

Liverpool have made a name for their statement signings up front in recent seasons.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane – and more recently Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota – have all proved their worth.

Regardless of whether Salah and Mane commit to new contracts, Diaz and Jota represent the long-term future of Liverpool’s attack.

However, Divock Origi – who has been at Anfield since 2015 – is approaching the end of his current contract.

He is unlikely to trigger a one-year extension via a performance option given his current struggles for game time.

As such, if he leaves and goes to Milan – as has been reported – Lang could replace him and develop behind the likes of Jota and Diaz.