According to reports, Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to sign Perr Schuurs from Serie A outfit Torino before next season ‘at any cost’.
Liverpool’s priority this summer was always going to be to strengthen in midfield. Around £95m has been invested to sign Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai from Brighton and RB Leipzig respectively.
The Premier League giants could sign a third midfielder, with Southampton’s Romeo Lavia understood to be their main target in that area.
But they are also hoping to sign a young defender and Schuurs has emerged as one of their preferred targets following his impressive debut season in Serie A with Torino. He joined them from Dutch giants Ajax last summer.
Italian outlet Tuttosport are reporting that Torino would prefer to keep him for another season but ‘he will be sacrificed’ if they receive an ‘indispensable offer’.
Liverpool and Napoli are in the running for the Dutchman, but the Premier League side are moving ‘more decisively’.
Klopp ‘wanted him two years ago’ and he’s now ‘asked for him at any costs’. Liverpool are said to have failed with a €30m bid but they are set to ‘return with a new €40m proposal’.
Earlier this week, GOAL’s Liverpool reporter – Neil Jones – explained why they have not moved for Kim Min-jae (who is set to sign for Bayern Munich). The journalist also thinks Tottenham-linked Micky van de Ven is one “to look out for”.
“There were also links with Kim Min-jae after his superb form at Napoli, but it’s not quite the impression I was getting due to the age of the player. He’s obviously had this situation with the release clause in his contract, and that’s always going to attract attention, but it now looks like he’s going to Bayern Munich,” Jones told Caught Offside.
“I think Liverpool would still always prefer a young player, someone more in the Konate mould – someone who’s not necessarily reached their full potential yet, but who’s in their early 20s with their peak still to come, whereas Kim is 26, turning 27 next season.
“Of course, Kim’s a top player, so fans might ask if it’s not worth making an exception from time to time, but Liverpool are quite strict on this, and the only time they’ve really done things differently was with Thiago Alcantara. They obviously saw an opportunity to sign him from Bayern and make a bit of a statement just after they won the league. But we definitely don’t see that too often.
“A name to look out for could be Micky van de Ven at Wolfsburg. He’s 22 years old, tall, physically imposing, left-sided, and someone who looks like having a big future with the Dutch national team. I think he’s someone who’d make a lot more sense for Liverpool than a Kim Min-jae or another more proven name.”