Liverpool have reportedly shown an interest in PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his forward line.
According to the Daily Mail, the Reds are one of a number of clubs from across the continent interested in securing the highly-rated 19-year-old’s services this summer.
The report claims that Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Leicester City were also amongst the 10 sides to send scouts to watch him in PSV’s recent defeat to Benfica.
With competition expected to be fierce for Madueke’s signature, Liverpool’s director of football Michael Edwards may have to move quickly to snap up the talented teenager ahead of his other potential suitors.
The England Under-21 international joined the Philips Stadion outfit back in 2017 after being released by boyhood club Spurs at just 16 and has gone on to establish himself as one of Europe’s most exciting young talents during his time in Dutch football.
In 32 appearances for Roger Schmidt’s side in all competitions last season, the skilful winger bagged nine goals and provided a further eight assists for his teammates, showcasing his truly top-class potential.
His outstanding displays earned praise from several plaudits, including former PSV ace Tommie van de Leegte: “He’s fast and has the capability to trick his opponent. He brings creativity and is very explosive in his actions,” said Van de Leegte (via Goal).
And he’s starting the current campaign in an emphatic fashion, contributing to seven goals in just nine outings in all competitions.
However, prising him away from the Philips Stadion may be a tricky task for Edwards, after Schmidt claimed that the talented teenager would be staying put this summer in a recent interview.
Speaking to ESPN (via Football.London), he said: “I’m not afraid [of Madueke leaving], why should I be? He will one day leave PSV if he continues to develop like he is now.
“I’m not afraid it will happen now. We can’t sell key players anymore. We’ve already done that with Donyell Malen, Denzel Dumfries and Pablo Rosario, so we can’t lose any more.
“And PSV is also a fantastic club for Noni to develop. He is very young, he can play a lot here, score goals and cheer with the team. I think he feels very good here.”
Originally, a price tag of around £34m was believed to have been placed on PSV’s prized asset, but following their exit from the Champions League in the play-off round, that valuation is thought to have been halved.
Therefore, Liverpool fans will surely be buzzing at the prospect of securing Madueke’s services. With Xherdan Shaqiri finalising his move to Lyon, Klopp has the room in his squad and should have sufficient room in his budget to bring the youngster to Anfield, thus significantly strengthening his attacking options.