Liverpool have reportedly reached out to Borussia Monchengladbach for the potential transfer of Florian Neuhaus, expected to cost more than €40 million.
According to Sport1 journalist Florian Plettenberg, Liverpool have made contact with Borussia Monchengladbach regarding Florian Neuhaus. Jurgen Klopp is thought to be determined to sign the young midfielders, as he continues his search for the replacement of Georginio Wijnaldum.
Liverpool are yet to table an offer for Neuhaus, but the German midfielder is expected to cost more than €40 million. He also has no release clause embedded in his contract, meaning Gladbach will have the license to drive up their asking fee, should the player performs well in the UEFA Euro 2020.
The club’s interest in Florian Neuhaus stems from the departure of their star player Georginio Wijnaldum. The former Newcastle United star made the decision to see out his contract with Liverpool this past season, before joining Paris Saint-Germain in a free transfer.
Wijnaldum’s departure has left Liverpool shallow in midfield, especially with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain facing an uncertain future at the club. The Englishman is reportedly a subject of interest for West Ham United, with a potential departure from Anfield leaving Klopp devoid of options in the middle of the park.
As such, the German tactician is desperate to sign new faces in midfield this summer, in addition to centre-backs. He particularly favours creative options who can offer balls in behind the opposition backline as well as acting as a ball-carrier in half-spaces.
It makes Neuhaus an ideal option for Liverpool as the Gladbach starlet is capable of both. A central midfielder by trade, the former Fortuna Dusseldorf prodigy has enjoyed terrific success at Borussia Park since arriving in 2017. The German internaional has become a first-team regular for the Foals for three reasons now, notching up 116 competitive appearances for the club.
During his time at Gladbach, Neuhaus has been involved in a total of 36 goals, which is quite impressive for a midfield. His ability to pick out players up front is also the reason he was selected for Germany in UEFA Euro 2020, although he is likely to play second fiddle to the likes of Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan.
Neuhaus, nevertheless, has a bright future ahead of him. And a move to Liverpool in the summer could certainly go a long way in boosting his reputation. Klopp’s more direct style of play should also favour the 24-year-old, as he hopes to become the new creative force, not only for Germany but also in the Premier League, although it remains to be seen if Liverpool meet his €40 million valuation.