Liverpool want Florian Neuhaus, according to reports. The German could be an ideal replacement for one current star.
Florian Neuhaus is an exciting talent – Liverpool certainly seem to think so. Reports in Germany link them with the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder.
Kicker, one of the more reliable German outlets, claim Liverpool have ‘expressed interest’ in Neuhaus. Unfortunately, they’re not alone.
Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Juventus supposedly want him, too. And Bayern Munich, of course – he does play in the Bundesliga, after all.
Importantly, Neuhaus has a release clause. Pay €40m (£35m) and he’s yours – assuming he wants to move to you.
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It’s an expensive but tempting figure, especially give Liverpool’s current situation.
Gini Wijnaldum’s contract expires at the end of the season. Given he’s set to agree to a new one, it feels like he’s off.
Liverpool, then, would need to replace someone who has been a key player of the last five years. And Wijnaldum isn’t easy to replace as it is.
He’s one of the most versatile players around, capable of shielding a defence as well as breaking forward and threatening the opposition goal.
Those players aren’t easy to find.
But Liverpool may have one in Neuhaus. He’s a player who averages 1.5 tackles and 1.7 interceptions this season, for one.
Wijnaldum, in comparison, averages 0.8 in each stat.
Neuhaus is a threat, too, with four goals and four assists. Wijnaldum has two goals and no assists – although, he frequently needs to sit deep.
There’s more to it all than stats, of course, but it certainly seems like Neuhaus has the all-around game Liverpool crave in midfield. There’s just the matter of the price.
£35m is a lot right now, especially when Liverpool likely need a defender and a striker more than a midfielder. There’s also the Bundesliga ‘issue’.
Naby Keita starred in Germany but hasn’t transitioned into the Premier League very well. We’re seeing similar from Timo Werner and Kai Havertz at Chelsea this season.
Perhaps that’s a small sample size but it does ask questions of spending £35m on a Bundesliga midfielder right now.
Still, it’s a bargain if Neuhaus is as suitable as he seems. At the very least, this is one to keep an eye on.