Liverpool transfers – Patson Daka ‘rejects’ Liverpool as Yuri Tielemans decision is made
Euro group stages are now reaching a crescendo and with the 2021/22 Premier League fixtures announced last week, thoughts are starting to turn to next season and Liverpool’s transfer deals ahead of the new campaign.
Here is a summary of some of the Reds rumors that are circulating the internet on the rumor trail.
Patson Daka, the prolific 22-year-old forward who took on the role of scorer at Red Bull Salzburg after Erling Haaland left.
The Zambia international scored 34 goals in all competitions last season after scoring 27 the previous season.
HITC quotes Zambian football as saying that Daka decided to dismiss Liverpool after holding talks with the club.
They believe he refused the Reds and West Ham United to choose Premier League rivals Leicester City instead.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are said to have offered Daka more guaranteed playing time and named him as the heir to Jamie Vardy, who is now 34 years old.
Daka’s glut of goals has certainly attracted attention in recent months, but it’s hard to predict how he might fare during the considerable quality jump from the Austrian Bundesliga to the Premier League.
Haaland has grown stronger with Dortmund after moving to the Ruhr area, but another former Salzburg star Takumi Minamino has so far struggled to make his mark in English football after joining Liverpool in January 2020.
Florian Neuhaus and Youri Tielemans, the pair of Liverpool-linked midfielders, both aged 24, who have been mentioned as potential replacements for Gini Wijnaldum.
Neuhaus plays his club football for Borussia Mönchengladbach and is currently in international service with Germany at the European Championships although he is not yet on the pitch.
Tielemans, winner of the Leicester City FA Cup final, is also at the Euro with Belgium but has been busier, finishing the full 90 minutes of their victories against Russia (3-0) and Denmark (2 -1) so far.
Athletic claim Liverpool are more likely to sign Neuhaus than Youri Tielemans this summer.
Their report says the Reds have been exploring Neuhaus for some time, although no approach has been made.
The article adds that Liverpool’s official line on this is that signing a new midfielder is not a priority, although that is likely to change over the summer.
There’s obviously a void in the middle of the park after Wijnaldum leaves off contract, unless Jurgen Klopp wants to promote local hero Curtis Jones internally.
Oddly, at the end of last week, Bild’s chief journalist Tobi Altschaffl was adamant that Neuhaus would not be sold this summer, saying that after “having a good conversation with new trainer Adi Hutter” he There was an inclination that “Neuhaus will stay for at least a year in Mönchengladbach.”
For Tielemans, a deemed price of between £ 70m and £ 80m could prove prohibitive for FSG.
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John McGinn, one of the Scottish “Wembley Wizards” (to a point) who held “The Auld Enemy” England to a 0-0 draw at Wembley on Friday night.
The 26-year-old Glasgow midfielder has been at Aston Villa since 2018 after previously traveling north of the border to St Mirren and then Hibernian.
Scottish publication The Sunday Post has linked McGinn with a move to Liverpool.
They claim he is seen by Klopp as a potential replacement for Wijnaldum, but the Reds face potential opposition for his signing from former enemies of Manchester United.
As mentioned earlier, Liverpool may well be in the market for a new face in the engine room and McGinn already has a few seasons of Premier League experience and three years in England so far behind him.
Klopp has attacked some of the lesser lights of the division before – after all, Wijnaldum was snatched from a newly relegated Newcastle United side – but it remains to be seen if that link is just a big wishful thinking from from our Caledonian cousins.