Teun Koopmeiners could cost as little as £17m, according to reports. Liverpool may have a steal on their hands.
This comes from AS. They claim a number of clubs want Teun Koopmeiners and he’d cost around £17m.
Liverpool are one of those, along with Roma, Inter, Napoli and Sevilla. Jurgen Klopp, though, sees him as an ‘ideal candidate’ to replace Gini Wijnaldum.
And if that’s what they want, Koopmeiners could be an absolute steal.
This is the second link to Koopmeiners. CalcioMercato also had the Reds down as interested in the Dutchman.
Admittedly, it wasn’t the strongest report.
Regardless, interest in Koopmeiners makes complete sense. He fits the bill as a Wijnaldum replacement.
He’s a fantastically versatile player, for one. Koopmeiners can play in centre-midfield but he’s also comfortable as a holding player or at centre-back.
Liverpool could find space for him in virtually every game, with him able to cover the defence, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.
Koopmeiners delivers productivity, too. He’s an adept penalty taker – a skill that’s helped him to 15 goals this season. Though, only half of them were from the spot as he is a legitimate goal threat.
Koopemeiners wins tackles, too – 2.8 per game, while he helps himself to interceptions and assists. All together, he’s an all-action midfield and exactly the kind Liverpool love.
The huge positive here is that Koopmeiners is still just 23. There’s plenty of time for him to improve further and for Liverpool to mould him into whatever they want.
His versatility works well in that regard – Liverpool could develop him in various ways.
It’s rare to find all of that for just £17m. Yes, he’s coming from the Eredivisie – a league that doesn’t guarantee success – but he’s young enough and developed enough that Koopmeiners doesn’t feel like a risk.
There’s a long way to go and we’d still like stronger sources but this one might make a lot of sense.