Liverpool have been linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his first-team squad.
What’s the story?
The Reds could be set to challenge German giants Borussia Dortmund for the 22-year-old’s signature after BVB identified him as a potential replacement for Jadon Sancho.
After being released by Arsenal without ever making a first-team appearance for the Gunners, Malen has rebuilt his career at Eindhoven.
In his homeland, the pacey striker has flourished, scoring an incredible 55 goals and providing a further 24 assists in 116 appearances for Roger Schmidt’s side.
Big things were expected of the Dutch international during his time in England, with his agent Mino Raiola stating: “I think he can be a revelation,” as Malen continued to impress for the capital clubs Under-18’s side.
Raiola may be a controversial character in the world of football, but his ability to spot a talented player is something that cannot be disputed.
His client is now valued at £27 million (as per Transfermarkt) and is seemingly being courted by some of the continent’s biggest sides.
Liverpool have a decent track record bringing in young, attacking talent from the Eredivisie. Dirk Kuyt established himself as a cult hero on Merseyside, while Luis Suarez fired the Reds to within a whisker of their maiden Premier League title.
After the underwhelming campaigns of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and their deputies, Klopp is thought to be in the market for a new forward this summer.
By getting Malen, director of football Michael Edwards could supply the German manager with the Anfield outfit’s next Suarez, and he must swoop for the youngster before Dortmund pounce.
While the Uruguay international, despite his obvious talent, was ultimately unsuccessful in his quest to return Liverpool to winning ways, Malen could succeed where the South American failed.
If Malen is snapped up by Liverpool over the coming months, then they’ll be hoping that he, like Suarez did, can replicate his Eredivisie form in England and help the Reds their Premier League crown.