Liverpool face ‘uphill battle’ to sign Monchengladbach star

Mahmoud Dahoud: Linked with fresh Liverpool move

Mahmoud Dahoud: Wanted by Liverpool

Liverpool’s hopes of signing Mahmoud Dahoud from Borussia Monchengladbach look set to end in disappointment, with the German club determined to resist any offers for the midfielder.

Dahoud, who was born in Syria, has been tracked by Jurgen Klopp’s club after an impressive season in which the 20-year-old made 32 Bundesliga appearances in midfield. The player has also attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund, with Klopp’s former club outlining the Germany Under-21 international as a replacement for Manchester United-bound Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

However, it is understood that despite both clubs’ willingness to offer up to €30m (£25million), Dahoud has been informed he will not be allowed to leave Gladbach following the sale of fellow midfielder Granit Xhaka to Arsenal.

A source close to the player told The Guardian that he is happy to continue his development at Gladbach “for another season”, with his contract due to expire in 2018.

That could mean any potential suitors are able to purchase him for less, although Gladbach are understood to be preparing to offer him a new deal.

Dahoud, who was only 10 months old when his family fled the largely Kurdish town of Amuda on Syria’s northern border with Turkey, was considered as a potential member of Joachim Low’s Euro 2016 squad and has represented Germany at various youth levels.