Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a January swoop for 24-year-old Villarreal ace Arnaut Danjuma, who is highly regarded by Jurgen Klopp.
In his latest podcast, Fabrizio Romano has offered an update on Liverpool’s transfer policy for the upcoming January transfer window. The Premier League giants are planning for life without two of their star players in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, both of who are expected to remain out due to the Africa Cup of Nations.
It has compelled the Reds to enter the market for attacking reinforcements, ones that can serve as potential replacements for the duo. Liverpool have already scouted multiple options, with one of them being Arnaut Danjuma.
Jurgen Klopp is believed to be a huge admirer of the former Bournemouth winger, who joined La Liga giants Villarreal in the summer. The move has turned out to be a masterstroke for the UEFA Europa League champions, as he has already been involved in nine goals in 15 competitive matches so far.
His exploits in the UEFA Champions League, in particular, have raised many eyebrows across Europe. The 24-year-old Dutchman has not performed badly in La Liga either, netting five goals in 11 appearances. As a result, he has now become a subject of interest for Liverpool, who have identified him as an ideal option upfront.
While the Reds are merely seeking a temporary replacement for Salah and Mane, for the time being, they are indeed planning ahead to the future. Salah, for one, is facing an uncertain future at the club, with his current contract expiring in 2023. The Egyptian is demanding an improved deal, with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher urging the club to meet the terms.
However, it will be difficult for Liverpool to meet Salah’s demands if they are to maintain their current wage structure. As such, it won’t be surprising to see the former Chelsea ace moving elsewhere. He has already been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Danjuma, to that end, could prove to be an ideal replacement for Liverpool. The Dutchman has experience in English football, and at the age of just 24, he can offer prospects for the future – making him a smart investment for the Merseyside giants.
Romano, though, insists that a January move to Anfield could be difficult for Danjuma. The player only joined Villarreal in the summer, and the La Liga club has no intention to cash in on him just yet, so the Reds may have to search elsewhere in their pursuit of attacking reinforcements.