Florian Neuhaus wants to join Liverpool from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer, according to one reliable journalist.
Liverpool are looking to strengthen all areas of their squad after a disappointing campaign. Much of the focus has been on bringing in more depth in defence and in attack. However, the club are also eyeing up midfield reinforcements in case Georginio Wijnaldum leaves.
Wijnaldum is in the final few months of his contract and looks likely to leave as a free agent. And with Thiago Alcantara yet to show his true quality on a regular basis, Liverpool will be keen to ensure they have enough quality left in that department.
Neuhaus recently emerged as a target to replace Wijnaldum in the summer. The 24-year-old has provided five goals and five assists in the Bundesliga this season and would offer another element to Liverpool’s engine room.
When the news of Liverpool’s interest in Neuhaus broke, it was claimed that the midfielder was happy with Gladbach. However, it now seems he is very much warming to the idea of joining Liverpool.
According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Neuhaus wants to make the move to Liverpool. It has previously been reported that he is available for his €40m release clause, so the Reds might have to raise funds.
But the five-time Germany international has shown a willingness from his side to get the deal done. Hence, Liverpool just have to convince his club to let him go for a fee they are comfortable with.
Another contender for Neuhaus’ signature was Bayern Munich, but they are now unlikely to bid. Therefore, Liverpool could have a clearer path to getting their man.
With Wijnaldum approaching the twilight of his career, Neuhaus would represent a longer-term opportunity for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Klopp has often turned to the Bundesliga for Liverpool signings, and Neuhaus may be the next to follow that path.
Liverpool consider Bissouma deal
There are also opportunities for potential signings in the Premier League as well, though. Another midfielder to be linked with Liverpool is Brighton star Yves Bissouma.
Liverpool have reportedly upped their interest in Bissouma by asking questions about the player’s personality and character.
The Athletic claims that the Seagulls will only do business for the all-action midfielder if they receive an offer they cannot refuse. It’s rumoured that any club trying to sign the 24-year-old will have to pay upwards of £40million, with Brighton owner Tony Bloom under no pressure to sell.
Having already watched the Brighton star in action this season, the Reds are now trying to get a handle on the player’s characteristics – as reported on Anfield Central.
Bissouma has shone this season despite his side being in a relegation battle. That appears to point towards a strong temperament, while he often steps up when his team needs him most.
That’s the sort of personality that Klopp wants on Merseyside, as he looks to freshen up his side this summer.