Should Liverpool reassess the availability of Milot Rashica?
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Should Liverpool reassess the availability of Milot Rashica?

Liverpool’s transfer approach this summer has remained rather consistent after Jurgen Klopp has stated on numerous occasions that finances are limited due to the financial ramifications of the ongoing global pandemic.

Klopp stated in June that additions will only be sanctioned if funds are ready-made following club departures.

Liverpool’s capture of Kostas Tsimikas was vindication to this particular notion as the money used to sign the Greek left-back came directly from the £10.9 million the club received following Dejan Lovren’s departure to Zenit St Petersburg.

This makes the argument regarding the club’s reported interest regarding Werder Bremen forward Milot Rashica all the more interesting.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 15: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Milot Rashica of SV Werder Bremen looks on during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and SV Werder Bremen at Red Bull Arena on February 15, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Liverpool previously interested

According to BILD who claimed back in February that the Reds wanted Rashica at around £33m, a more recent report from them claims Weder Bremen have no immediate interest to sell.

Liverpool have since cooled an interest in the Kosovo forward which paved the way for RB Leipzig to move for Rashica yet the Red Bull-owned club have since given up on the idea of signing Rashica.

Leipzig have other priorities financially such as the permanent signing of Manchester City left-back Angelino who enjoyed a successful loan spell in the Bundesliga during the second half of last season.

Prior to Liverpool’s reported interest, Rashica had scored 11 goals during 34 appearances last season while also boasting eight assists.

German football expert Christian Falk recently confirmed Leipzig’s stalled interest in Rashica during a podcast with LFC Transfer Room and also reaffirmed that Liverpool were previously interested in the player.

He said: “There are talks between RB Leipzig and Borrusia Dortmund for Rashica, but nobody is paying his price at the moment.

“Bundesliga is the hottest [prospect], but only because Liverpool weren’t so straight with him. Liverpool are interested, they need a player like him but let’s see how quickly they act”

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 23: Milot Rashica during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Vitesse v PSV at the GelreDome on February 23, 2020 in Arnhem Netherlands (Photo by Broer van den Boom/Soccrates/Getty Images)

What’s changed?

Rashica is 24 and it is unlikely that the forward will be considered a prime Liverpool target unless he suddenly became available at a knockdown price.

Takumi Minamino’s arrival at Anfield in January complicates matters as Liverpool will priorities the Japanese international’s development meaning another versatile forward isn’t in the immediate interest of the club.

The landscape could change if Xherdan Shaqiri were to leave the Reds as then perhaps a spot opens up. The problem then, however, is that Shaqiri has played very little over the past year. As a result, that role in the squad isn’t worth injecting a substantial fee into.

Unless a 28-year-old Shaqiri were to be signed for a big-money fee it is unlikely Liverpool could condone going near the £33 million valuation Werder Bremen currently place on Rashica.

Leipzig’s decision to walk away could have meant Werder Bremen would consider lowering the bar in terms of price for Rashica but considering he is contracted at the club until 2022, the Bundesliga outfit have no need to rush a sale.

Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt is therefore firmly planning ahead with Rashica.

Speaking with German publication Bild, he said: “The possibility is absolutely realistic that we will play with Rashica Bundesliga on matchday 1 and maybe also on October 6th.”

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