Liverpool are looking to sign Werder Bremen’s Milot Rashica in the next transfer window, but face competition from fellow Premier League club Southampton.
That is according to a report on Weser-Kurier, cited on Sport Witness, who say that the 23-year-old’s performances in the Bundesliga in 2019/20 have caught the eye of both Jurgen Klopp and Ralph Hasenhüttl and both managers are now considering moves.
Rashica has scored ten and assisted five goals in the top flight of German football this campaign despite his side’s struggles, with Bremen currently sitting 17th and in real danger of being relegated to the 2. Bundesliga.
He’s also scored four goals in 25 appearances on the international stage for Kosovo, and played the full 90 minutes as his country were beaten 4-0 by England last November.
The winger has been tipped for a big future in the game, and a move to the Premier League could help him take the next step in his career.
And he could be secured for a price of €38million, which is the release clause which has been set in his current contract, although that must be triggered by the 15th June otherwise Werder will be able to attempt to negotiate a higher fee.
Although, the release clause could even be reduced before the cut-off date if Werder do go down, which is a possibility again after the German government gave the Bundesliga the green light to become the first of Europe’s ‘top five’ leagues to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The report adds that Rashica is open to a move to England but views the Saints as a ‘stepping stone’ to get to a bigger club, which could put the South Coast club off making an offer.
Southampton have seen the likes of Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk leave St. Mary’s to move to Liverpool in recent years and may fear that Rashica could look to force through a move to Anfield later down the line, especially as the reigning European champions have already declared their interest.
However, with Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah still firmly Liverpool’s first choice front free and Timo Werner strongly linked with a switch to the Reds from RB Leipzig, Rashica may choose Southampton in order to ensure of regular first team football.
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