The summer transfer window has endured a sluggish start due to the distractions of Euro 2020, but Liverpool’s business looks set to accelerate as the tournament draws to a close.
That’s as the latest rumours round-up discusses only potential new arrivals at Anfield, including PSV forward Donyell Malen, who’s understood to already be in talks with the Merseysiders.
Brazilian Matheus Pereira has also been mentioned as a possible target for the Premier League giants following West Brom’s relegation to the Championship at the end of last season.
Daily Star Sport breaks down the latest headlines on Liverpool’s alleged interest in those players, as well as reports that Philippe Coutinho will not be returning to Anfield while Jurgen Klopp is boss.
Malen talks underway
International tournaments have a habit of enhancing the profiles of certain stars up for transfer, which could be the case for PSV’s Malen as he looks destined to leave the Eredivisie club this summer.
And Liverpool are already in talks with Malen’s agent, Mino Raiola, as they look to add more cover to their potent attacking line-up, according to Dutch journalist Marco Timmer.
Timmer appeared on a Voetbal International live stream on Wednesday when he confirmed Borussia Dortmund are the Reds’ main rivals for the forward, who scored 27 goals in 45 PSV appearances last season: “He (Roger Schmidt) doesn’t really expect Malen and (Denzel) Dumfries back.
“On the other hand, I believe they have to report back on July 19. There is not enough movement yet to say that there is already a transfer (but) we also know that things can go fast.
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“I have spoken to some people within PSV who indicate there has been nobody concrete yet, not for Madueke. Not for Ihattaren, not for Dumfries, not for Malen yesterday.
“Yes, of course, there are negotiations going on, and with that, it can also be counted on the negotiations that in this case, Mino Raiola is conducting with Dortmund or Liverpool, for example, for Malen and Inter and Everton for Dumfries, so he has been given that space. They are allowed to talk to other clubs, and then, at some point, it can go fast.”
The triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino looks unlikely to be disturbed for the time being, but Malen could be eyed as a successor in the long term.
The 22-year-old started Euro 2020 on the Netherlands’ bench but played his way into Frank de Boer’s starting XI, finishing with two assists in four outings as the Oranje lost to the Czech Republic in the round of 16.
Sport Witness backed up reports suggesting he’s likely to leave Eindhoven, while Sport1’s Patrick Berger said Dortmund—who see Malen as a Jadon Sancho replacement—want to drive down his €30million (£25.8m) valuation.
Klopp blocked Coutinho comeback
Of all the possible arrivals at Anfield, former Liverpool favourite Coutinho will not be one of them as long as Klopp has a say on the club’s transfer decisions.
Catalan daily Sport reported the Reds chief has ‘closed the doors’ on Coutinho coming back to Merseyside despite the player’s initial preference for a return to his old club.
Coutinho, 29, scored 54 goals in 201 outings for Liverpool before he joined Barcelona in January 2018 for an initial £105m.
But the Brazilian’s Camp Nou expedition has failed to meet expectations, and a serious knee injury meant Coutinho has failed to make an appearance thus far in 2021.
Barcelona are understood to be eager to sell the player and get his significant wages off their books after their out-of-control salary budget prevented them from registering any new signings.
Coutinho has scored 23 goals and recorded 14 assists in 90 outings for Barca, but a bonus clause means Liverpool will be due €20m (£17.2m) more if he makes another 10 appearances.
Many at Anfield may welcome the player back if he were available for the right price, but the sentiment is that Klopp doesn’t see sense in re-signing his former charge.
West Brom’s Pereira among options
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There wasn’t many a bright light in West Brom’s relegation campaign of 2020/21, but midfield magician Pereira did impress during his first season among England’s top flight.
Much of this summer’s chatter around Anfield concerns how Liverpool can expand their depth in key areas, the midfield in particular after Georginio Wijnaldum left to joinParis Saint-Germain.
Without going as far to say the Reds have lodged firm interest, the Liverpool Echo has touted Pereira as a potential target out of those clubs recently relegated from the Premier League.
Pereira, 25, spent his first season at West Brom in the Championship while on loan from Sporting CP, but there’s a feeling he may be too talented for second-tier football at this point.
The Baggies’ 2019/20 Player of the Year scored a career-high 12 goals in all competitions last term, outscoring his previous joint-best of eight from the campaign prior.
A right-sided winger by nature who’s comfortable on either flank or through the middle, Pereira could be an ideal, lower-budget addition to offer cover among Liverpool’s attack.
The South American enjoyed arguably the best performance of his West Brom career when they pummelled 10-man Chelsea 5-2 in April when he scored a brace and assisted two others.
New Baggies boss Valerien Ismael has also hinted a summer exit is on the cards: “It’s not a secret that Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira can maybe leave the club. It is my expectation that they [will] leave."
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