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Report: Liverpool linked with a summer swoop for Donyell Malen

Liverpool could potentially be in the market for another exciting attacking addition in this summer’s transfer window, according to reports.

With the 2020/21 campaign currently overseeing its final international break of the season, it represents an opportunity for club managers to plan for the future.

For Jurgen Klopp, the 20-day sabbatical has seen his club linked extensively with a host of forward options as they plot to regain their title next term.

And one of those attacking players used to be on the books at Arsenal.

Donyell Malen of Arsenal U23s during Premier League 2 match between Arsenal Under 23s against Manchester City Under 23s at Emirates Stadium London on 21 August 2017 (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

According to Milan News, Liverpool are interested in signing Donyell Malen from PSV Eindhoven.

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Premier League supporters may best remember Malen following his time in North London, where he spent two years at London Colney.

Indeed, Arsenal would eventually sell the then-18-year-old starlet for just £500,000 back in 2017. And Malen could be due a return to England’s top-flight just four years after his departure from the Emirates Stadium.

Judging by his impressive statistical output in the Eredivisie, Liverpool will likely have to pay a significantly enhanced figure than what Arsenal received for the Dutch-born forward while Arsene Wenger was in the managerial hot-seat.

That’s because Malen has clocked up a whopping 51 goals and 22 assists in just over a century of appearances at PSV.

Typically utilised as a centre-forward, this term has seen the six-time Netherlands international get on the scoresheet 23 times in 2020/21, having amassed over 3000 minutes of competitive action.

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Renowned for his pace, dribbling skills and eye for goal, Malen fits the mould of a typical Jurgen Klopp player, while he is still a relatively unheard of prospect, which could point to a reduced transfer fee.

However, Liverpool should be braced for competition from Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, according to reports from Italy.

Perhaps what could prompt Liverpool towards a deal for the former Arsenal man could be the recent emergence of Serge Gnabry as one of Europe’s best forwards.

Gnabry, who was branded ‘not good enough’ by former West Brom manager Tony Pulis, has gone from strength to strength since leaving the Emirates Stadium, notably winning the Champions League last season.

If Liverpool were able to have a similar effect with Malen, then that would really be rubbing Arsenal’s noses in it.

We would certainly welcome such a prospect transpiring at Anfield in the distant future.

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