Liverpool's worst possible rival for reported £26m target are now in the mix


Liverpool's worst rival for Donyell Malen transfer reportedly in the mix

Liverpool are chasing a transfer for Donyell Malen, according to reports. Unfortunately, their worst possible rivals are also in the mix.

Sky Germany claim Donyell Malen could move in the transfer window. Two clubs eye him up – Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

It’s easy to see why the Reds would be interested. Malen is a 22-year-old striker who has exploded into life in the Eredivisie.

He bagged 25 goals in all competitions for PSV Eindhoven last season, adding eight assists. There’s clearly a ton of potential there.

And Liverpool could use a new forward. The talk is that Divock Origi will leave the club this summer, opening up a spot for someone new.

We imagine Liverpool would move for an out-and-out no.9, too, as they wouldn’t really have one without Origi. Malen fits the bill nicely.

But in Dortmund, Liverpool have the one rival they really won’t have wanted.

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As Sky point out, Malen would come in as Jadon Sancho leaves Dortmund. They’ve certainly got the funds to make a deal happen.

And Malen may well see them as ideal. For one, they’ll have an open spot in their XI for him. Liverpool won’t have that – they want a squad player.

On top of that, Dortmund have shown an incredible knack for developing players over the last few years before moving them on. They’re not a final destination and operate as something of a stepping stone.

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That will appeal to Malen. He could see them as a club that doesn’t rule out making another jump to someone like Liverpool in a few years. He’d get first-team football at the top of an elite league, only increasing his standing further.

Dortmund are a major threat for players like this. Liverpool can’t really muscle them away with ease, given they’re not offering the same deal.

Malen wouldn’t have a regular place at Anfield. He’d get games, of course, but not as a regular starter in big games. That Sancho money means Liverpool can’t just beat Dortmund away financially, either.

In all, it’s exactly what they didn’t want to happen if Malen is the target up top.

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