Liverpool have been informed that they can sign Florian Neuhaus this summer – after it was claimed the midfielder was ready to prioritise a move to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards 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 the centre of defence. To that end, it seems likely a £34m swoop for a talented cenre-half has been given the green light. However, the club are also eyeing up midfield reinforcements with Georginio Wijnaldum appearing destined to leave.
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 boost their options in that department.
Neuhaus recently emerged as a target to replace Wijnaldum in the summer. The 24-year-old has provided six goals and five assists in the Bundesliga this season and would offer another element to Liverpool’s engine room.
Now, according to SportsBILD, Neuhaus’ move to Anfield this summer is ‘highly-conceivable’. They state that there is no ‘internal commitment’ for Neuhaus to stay at Borussia Monchengladbach this summer.
Furthermore, and despite competition for his signature, Neuhaus has reportedly decided that he’ll only leave Gladbach for Liverpool this summer.
The midfielder has a €40m exit clause in his deal, though that fee looks unlikely in the modern climate. Were he to push for a move, however, there could be some room for negotiation there.
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However, a strong European Championships with Germany could yet strengthen their case to hold out for a top fee.
All the same, the article claims the player wants to play in the Champions League next season. Were Liverpool to make the top four, that would further their credentials at signing a man tipped to reach the top.
Falk talks up Liverpool move for Neuhaus
Respected German journalist Christian Falk has also confirmed Liverpool’s interest in the box-to-box midfield dynamo.
“It’s true that they’ve been watching the player for a while,” Falk told BILD.
“The whole thing is not yet concrete according to our information. But it can, of course, become concrete, and he asks to play there.
“Neuhaus has an exit clause of €40million, which could be triggered in the summer. Dortmund has distanced itself after the [Marco] Rose transfer and will not take any player from its team.
“Bayern has to save money after the €42.5million transfer of [Dayot] Upamecano. It is currently rather unlikely that they will put another 40million on the table.
“That means it must be another league if Neuhaus wants to change, and there is the Premier League and Liverpool, of course.”