Manchester United are expected to wrap up a deal for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek in the coming days.
The Telegraph reported United have agreed a move to sign Van de Beek for £39.3 million.
There is no sugarcoating that this is nothing shy of a potential bargain from Liverpool’s north-west rivals.
Van de Beek partnered in a midfield three of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba certainly is a force to be reckoned with yet it also represents a quality of depth that Liverpool’s rivals have been lacking in recent years.
A struggling window
Even after the financial ramifications of the pandemic, a free just shy of £40m feels cheap and the typical under-the-radar deal that United haven’t typically become associated with during the Ed Woodward era.
However, such a bargain does come from the vindictive change of the transfer market after Covid-19 has tanked the leverage of club’s around Europe to negotiate in a position of strength.
Similarly to Ben Chilwell’s £50 million move from Leicester City to Chelsea, clubs are being forced to cash in while they can on star players in an attempt to balance the books due to a lack of external revenue that has been denied following the postponement of supporters in stadiums.
Such financial constraints following the ongoing pandemic have potentially seen United nab themselves on of the first real big-name steals of this summer’s transfer window.
This raises the question to why Liverpool themselves haven’t got involved in market filled with opportunity?
Does this change Thiago approach?
Klopp can indeed be forgiven for looking at the current landscape of the transfer window and asking why is my club not getting inoloved.
Liverpool’s transfer stance from the start has been largely consistent in that they will only look to make additions if the funds become ready-made available.
The capture of left-back Kostas Tsimikas represents the club’s only signing this summer yet that was directly warranted following the £10.9 million sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg.
Liverpool have been touted with an interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara who reportedly has an asking price of £27 million.
However, there major differences between Liverpool striking a cut-price deal for the Spaniard and United signing Van de Beek on the cheap.
For one, Bayern are in a much greater position financially when negotiating a deal for Thiago following their Champions League triumph.
The cash prize alone will likely be enough to balance the losses from Covid-19 which immediately reduces any need to offload star players to raise funds inside the club.
Bayern winning themselves a sixth European Cup has allowed them to go on the offensive and maintain a hardline stance on the future of Thiago.
Even with a year on his current contract, Bayern remain in the driving seat financially and will not be bullied on price as Ajax may have been by United.
Whether Liverpool choose to decide to meet Bayern’s valuation remains to be seen, yet even in a evolving transfer market what is clear to see is that Klopp and the Reds will not be altering their transfer approach anytime soon.