Liverpool’s summer transfer window was an all-round success.
Jurgen Klopp signed two new centre-backs to address defensive concerns in the shape of Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan and added goalkeeper Loris Karous to challenge, and probably replace, Simon Mignolet.
As well as the aforementioned trio, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane have been drafted in to add some creative quality in the final third, while Alex Manninger will be of use around the squad given his vast experience.
Alongside this, sales of deadwood actually left Liverpool in the black in terms of net spend, meaning there’s money available for mid-season signings, which makes CalcioMercatoWeb’s latest claims all the more interesting. The Italian outlet has revealed that Borussia Monchengladbach are looking to offload Mahmoud Dahoud before a £8.5m release clause in his contract kicks into gear, and with
The Italian outlet has revealed that Borussia Monchengladbach are looking to offload Mahmoud Dahoud before a £8.5m release clause in his contract kicks into gear, and with Klopp an admirer of the player, he must be tempted.
We at FFC Towers believe that signing Dahoud should be a priority for the coming transfer window, and here are FIVE reasons why…
As CalcioMercatoWeb claim, Dortmund and Juventus are interested too. Although Liverpool are one of Europe’s iconic names and have a top manager in the shape of Klopp, they can’t, as things stand, compete with the aforementioned clubs in terms of Champions League qualification and regular title challenges.
It’s likely that Juve and BVB will elect to wait until his £8.5m release clause kicks in next summer, at which point, even more club sides are likely to jump in, so Liverpool’s best chance may be flexing their financial muscles over the winter – after all, they made a profit across the window just gone!
As alluded to in the last slide, Dahoud’s price-tag is set to be some way below his true value in 2017.
Gladbach are not stupid, they’ll know that a release clause of £8.5m looming large will somewhat limit their stance in negotiations if they’re unable to tie him down to a new deal before January comes, so they’ll be willing to take a little bit more than the aforementioned sum to save face and bring in a greater sum of cash.
Although it’s guesswork at this stage, a fee of between £13m and £15m is not unreasonable and sits well within Liverpool’s budget.
The Guardian claimed over the summer that Klopp had made Dahoud a major target, and since then the Liverpool Echo have revealed that he remains on the German’s hit-list for coming transfer windows. One thing’s clear then, he likes the 20-year-old.
If Liverpool are to progress they need to back their manager, and it seems likely they will after handing him a six-year contract not long ago.
Although the left-back saga gets all of the attention at Anfield, Liverpool are actually a little light in midfield.
When Emre Can is missing the Reds look a different proposition and beyond the big German, Klopp can only really call on Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva to play an anchoring role in the engine room of his side, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana more attack-minded options.
Dahoud, then, seems like a must-have player.
At the age of 20, Dahoud is already being talked about as one of the top Bundesliga midfielders, so should he continue at his current rate of development, he could be a frightening player in a few years’ time.
The Syrian-born star is composed on the ball, boasts a great range to his passing and is mobile enough to fit well in a high-tempo team.