Liverpool will pay £25 million to sign Mahmoud Dahoud in January

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Soeren Behrmann of Drochtersen challenges Mahmoud Dahoud of Moenchengladbach during the DFB Cup match between SV Drochtersen/Assel and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Kehdinger Stadion on August 20, 2016 in Drochtersen, Germany.
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According to the Sunday Express, Jurgen Klopp is prepared to cough up the cash in January to avoid a bidding war next summer.

In 2016’s summer transfer window, Dahoud was a transfer target for Liverpool. The creative midfielder refused a contract offer from Borussia Monchengladbach which further fuelled rumours of a move to Merseyside.

The Sunday Express report that Klopp sent scouts to watch Dahoud play in the Champions League on Wednesday when Gladbach travelled to play Manchester City. The report claims that Klopp is considering making a £25 million bid for Dahoud when the transfer window reopens in January.

The German international’s contract with Gladbach expires in 2018 but has an £8.3 million release clause that can be triggered in the summer of 2017. The Sunday Express claim that Klopp will want to avoid a bidding war for the talented midfielder by paying an extra £16,7 million to get his man in January; Juventus are also said to be interested.

The present and the future of Germany’s midfield.

Dahoud has been cited as a main priority for Liverpool already and if Klopp wants to sign the German enough it’s likely he will. Klopp knows when to back off and when to take the initiative and this may well be an example of the latter.

Klopp has utilised a 4-3-3 formation this season and if he were to bring Dahoud in it would create a lot more competition in midfield than there already is. The Gladbach midfielder thrives as a deep-lying playmaker; much like what Jack Wilshere did so well in the 2013/14 season.

If he were to sign for Liverpool this would mean that a midfield of Emre Can, Mahmoud Dahoud and Jordan Henderson would seem likely. That being said, it is difficult to see Klopp dropping Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum at this moment in time.

If anything, Dahoud would stimulate competition for places which can only be a good thing.

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  1. Yes, because JK is just the kind of manager who will want to avoid a bidding war!

    We aren’t going to bid 25mn for Dahoud. Period. If it’s going to drop down to 8 in the summer. Knowing him, he will want that feeling that Dahoud is committed to his project at Anfield. If Dahoud doesn’t show that commitment, he’s not coming here. Simple.

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