Liverpool look set to miss out on one of their transfer targets this summer as Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus edges closer to Bayern Munich.
What’s the story?
According to German outlet Bild (as reported by the Liverpool Echo), the current Bundesliga champions have already agreed a £34 million deal for the 24-year-old, although he’s not expected to move until the summer of 2022.
The Reds had been linked with Neuhaus in recent weeks as they continue to search for Gini Wijnaldum’s replacement, but it seems like they have missed out on this occasion.
Klopp will be gutted
Although Liverpool’s rebuild isn’t expected to be extensive over the coming months, Jurgen Klopp is set to bring in some fresh faces to reignite the Anfield outfit’s title charge.
Cover at centre-back was required, along with added strength in depth up-front, but an heir to the departing Wijnaldum is also thought to be high up on the German manager’s wish list.
Neuhaus has developed an impressive reputation in recent campaigns after a string of standout performances at Borussia-Park.
The youngster’s return of six goals and six assists in 33 top-flight appearances from the Monchengladbach engine room in 2020/21 clearly caught the attention of some of the continent’s biggest clubs, with Bayern seemingly winning the race for his signature.
Marcus Thuram was evidently enthralled by his teammate’s performances last year, calling on German national team manager Joachim Low to take the £31.5m-rated gem to the European Championship.
“Flo is simply an outstanding player. Flo deserves to be at Euro 2020. If I were national coach, I would call him 100 times,” claimed Thuram.
It appears Low listened to the Frenchman’s advice, selecting Neuhaus for the delayed competition, but Klopp is likely to be gutted by the revelation regarding his proposed transfer.
Bayern have a reputation for hoovering up the Bundesliga’s best talent, so his arrival in Bavaria will come as little surprise.
Nevertheless, Neuhaus would have been a natural fit in Klopp” high-energy, gegenpressing system, and it’s a matchup that could have proved to be extremely successful for both parties.