Liverpool are rumoured to be monitoring the progress of Germany’s Florian Neuhaus at this summer’s European Championship.
Reports suggest that Jürgen Klopp and his backroom team could make a move for the 24-year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder as a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum who has signed for Paris Saint-Germain.
On Friday, Andy Hunter wrote in The Guardian about The Reds’ potential interest in the player and that Liverpool’s scouting department will ‘maintain a watching brief’ on Neuhaus at the Euros.
Hunter goes on to write ‘The midfielder is one of several options under consideration at Liverpool although it is not guaranteed they will sign a replacement for Wijnaldum’ and that Klopp is ‘keen to hand Curtis Jones more opportunities’.
German reporter Florian Plettenberg who works for SPORT1 also claimed on Friday that there is definite interest in Neuhaus from Liverpool’s end. Plettenberg stated that a potential deal could move forward once Neuhaus’ Euros is over with Germany.
Update #Neuhaus: #Klopp wants him, confirmed! There have already been talks in the past few days. The club want to replace #Wijnaldum. But there is no offer yet. The topic could become hot after the Euros. Price: More than €40m. No release clause. @SPORT1 #LFC
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) June 11, 2021
Liverpool fans will be able to see Neuhaus in action on Tuesday night as Germany get their European Championship underway against World Champions France in Munich.
Speaking on a Liverpool ECHO’s podcast as part of their Blood Red channel, Plettenberg said:
“There has been no concrete negotiations to my information, but there has been a contact between the management of the player and the bosses from Liverpool.
“Liverpool are highly interested because Neuhaus is a really talented and versatile player and he is one of the best players in the German Bundesliga. The question is only when he will make that next step [and transfer away from Borussia Monchengladbach].
“He has a contract until 2024 and he has no release clause, but if there is an offer this summer, then there will be talks with [sporting director] Max Eberl. It is more likely that he will move in the next summer, so 2022, but it is all dependent on the situation of Liverpool – are they putting some numbers on the table this year or not?
“Neuhaus wants to make the next step but he is also feeling very comfortable in Gladbach. He wants to make the right step but it is very important it is the best feeling for him in his stomach. This is something he has told me – he wants to have a good feeling in the talks and he wants to know that the next club is really interested in him.
“Real Madrid are also interested, and Bayern Munich, but for Bayern, he is too expensive this summer. Neuhaus is a big fan of Bayern Munich and his father is one of the biggest Bayern fans, so Bayern is totally in the race for him.
“But Neuhaus told me last week that he can imagine going abroad and he does not need to go to Bayern Munich – he is totally open and flexible.”
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) June 13, 2021
As always, it’s going to be an interesting summer transfer window. The deadline for moves this summer is August 31st with the Premier League season getting underway on the weekend of August 14th.
We shall have to wait and see if Neuhaus be lining out for Liverpool by that stage. For now, we can watch and admire as he tests his mettle on the international stage over the coming weeks.
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