Liverpool and Arsenal linked with battle for Kerem Demirbay

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Liverpool have been linked with a summer move for Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay, with AC Milan and Atletico Madrid also interested.

When Liverpool and Hoffenheim locked horns in UEFA Champions League qualifiers back in August last year, the player who was pulling the strings for the Bundesliga outfit was 24-year-old Kerem Demirbay.

The German international was superb in his set-piece delivery and terrified Reds’ fans as he looked to get the ball into the box to provide service for the man mountain that is Sandro Wagner.

With Philippe Coutinho off galivanting in Spain, Liverpool need a new creative midfielder and the silky smooth Demirbay could prove to be an astute signing for Jurgen Klopp, with reports from Germany indicating the former Dortmund boss holds an interest in the player.

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According to German news outlet Bild, Liverpool are part of a seven-way race to sign Kerem Demirbay, with Arsenal, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund all looking into buying the midfielder.

Everton are also keen but we all know they have no chance, now do they?

The report mentions that Demirbay’s contract has a €32m (£28.5m) release clause in it but that despite all the clubs that are interested in him, the player would prefer a move to Borussia Dortmund which is close to where he grew up as a kid.

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Liverpool are likely to go back in for AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar this summer so missing out on Kerem Demirbay isn’t a train smash. In fact, by all accounts, it would suit Klopp just fine to go after the Frenchman.

Aside from the report from Bild, there has been nothing concrete to suggest that Liverpool are serious about a move for Demirbay anyway and it might just be a way for the German outlet to get a few hits on their site.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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