Liverpool reportedly remain impressed with Yves Bissouma and Florian Neuhaus but a respected transfer journalist insists neither player is close to joining the club.
The Reds are still searching for Gini Wijnaldum’s replacement after the Dutchman departed for Paris Saint-Germain. The 30-year-old left after five seasons and many names have been mentioned as his possible successor. Bissouma is one such player after his stellar displays in midfield for Brighton.
The 24-year-old has spent three seasons at the Amex, making 86 Premier League appearances. He started 35 league games for Graham Potter’s side last term and was a driving force for the Seagulls.
Unsurprisingly a number of big clubs have been circling. Arsenal have been linked while Leicester City are also thought to hold an interest in the African.
Liverpool could also be possible suitors. But Fabrizio Romano believes any move will be way down the line.
“[Bissouma] has been scouted and they appreciate the player but he is not one of the priorities,” he told Anfield Watch. “Bissouma is not a priority and we’ll have to wait and see what happens but I do not see it happening any time soon.”
Germans dig in over Neuhaus
Borussia Monchengladbach’s Neuhaus is another player who seems to have been on Liverpool’s radar over the summer. But the Merseysiders’ hopes of landing the 24-year-old appear to be slim.
It was reported back in June that the Bundesliga outfit had no intention of selling the Germany international. And Bayern Munich could make a move on the former 1860 Munich man in 12 months.
Romano agrees and has backed up claims the Bavarians may be at the front of the queue for his signature.
“Neuhaus is a player who is highly appreciated with different skills to someone like Renato Sanches,” he added. “So he could bring something different to Liverpool and they’ve scouted him. But the problem is his current club.
“Borussia Monchengladbach are trying to keep him for one more season and he knows about the potential opportunity to join Bayern Munich next summer for 2022. Liverpool were in touch with his agent some weeks ago but there’s nothing imminent at the moment.”
Liverpool sneaked into the top four last season and will play in the Champions League. That gives them extra pulling power to attract new faces, while Jurgen Kopp’s influence is not insignificant.
But the coach needs to move quickly to get a new player in with pre-season now underway.