Liverpool Still Interested in Torino’s Schuurs
Merseyside giants, Liverpool, are reportedly deepening their summer pursuit of players to bolster their defensive ranks. Their interest in Perr Schuurs, Torino’s central defender, has hardly been a secret, with the talented Dutchman regularly making headlines in connection with the Reds.
Schuurs: A Sought-after Talent
Despite the relentless rumour mill, it seems the Premier League champions have yet to make any decisive moves for Schuurs. Validating this, Calciomercato report that Torino haven’t fielded any offers since a £26m bid from Crystal Palace was turned fin. Yet Liverpool, Spurs and West Ham United continue to lurk in the wings, seemingly poised to make their intentions clear.
Though Schuurs stood out as Torino’s top player last season, the Italian club might be persuaded to part with their star. Rumours suggest that a bid hovering around the £34m mark might just convince president Urbano Cairo to sanction the sale of the prized Dutch asset.
💰🟤 El Torino sigue pidiendo 40M€ para vender a Perr Schuurs.
A día de hoy solo ha llegado una oferta. Fue de 30M€ del Crystal Palace y fue rechazada.
De Liverpool y West Ham hay interés, pero no han enviado ofertas.
— Fútbol Italiano 🇮🇹 (@FT_Italiano) August 9, 2023
Jurgen Klopp’s quest for defensive reinforcements has frequently revolved around acquiring left-sided defenders. Someone who can effortlessly merge into Liverpool’s evolving system, transitioning between a left centre-back and full-back, is highly coveted.
Schuurs, however, might not be the textbook solution. His roots with Ajax establish him as a right-footed defender. But before drawing any hasty conclusions, it’s crucial to remember the former Ajax man’s history with Liverpool. He once graced Anfield with his presence for a trial in 2018 and has consistently been flagged as being back on Liverpool’s radar over the years.
Described as an “aggressive” force on the field by Target Scouting, Schuurs promises to inject a much-needed youthful zest into a Liverpool defence that has recently shown signs of wear.
Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou: "We've to see what happens with outgoings, but the potential is there to bring in one more centre back after van de Ven" ⚪️
Torino's CB Perr Schuurs remains one of the options in the list being discussed internally. Player keen on PL move. pic.twitter.com/JhKngXTvpN
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 9, 2023
Race Against Time
However, Liverpool must tread cautiously. Noted journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed Tottenham Hotspur’s emerging interest in Schuurs. With West Ham also flush with funds from their Declan Rice deal, the Hammers could emerge as serious contenders.
After allegedly backing out from an agreement to onboard Micky van de Ven due to cost concerns, Liverpool are at a crossroads. The Schuurs saga is undoubtedly one that merits close observation in the coming days.