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Report: Liverpool cool interest in Florian Neuhaus and pass on £34m deal

Liverpool have cooled their interest in Florian Neuhaus, according to reports. The Reds aren’t quite as sold on the Germany midfielder.

This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim Liverpool have interest in Florian Neuhaus but it’s not what it once was.

The biggest sign of that is the Reds allowing his £34m release clause to expire. If Liverpool truly wanted the player above any other, they’d have the deal sewn up.

Borussia Monchengladbach can now demand a fee far higher than that. There’s real potential for such a fee to climb high, too, if Neuhaus has his moment at Euro 2020.

But Liverpool passed their chance up. They’ll now had to pay more to get him. There’s always a chance he convinces them further but it seems unlikely. Neuhaus, surely, won’t be joining Liverpool this summer.

Interestingly, though, the Echo’s report claims the Reds are still looking at midfielders. While Neuhaus may not be their choice, that isn’t to say we won’t see an addition this summer.

Florian Neuhaus interest cools

So who could Liverpool move for? The links to Neuhaus were always the strongest so it becomes a little bit like a guessing game.

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There is one other player who has had some decent links, though – Yves Bissouma. The Athletic claimed a little while ago that the Reds were interested.

For what it’s worth, we think he’d be a fantastic signing and a fine replacement for Gini Wijnaldum. £40m would be a great price for a midfielder coming into his prime and with Premier League experience.

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Outside of Bissouma, we’re really not sure. There just haven’t been clear links beyond these two, not like with Thiago last summer.

It’s easy to see that and come to the conclusion that Liverpool aren’t too driven about anyone right now. But as we saw last year with Diogo Jota, a signing can come out of absolutely nowhere.

Euro 2020 might be the deciding factor here, though. The transfer market will likely open up after the tournament, with players attracting attention and starting up the merry-go-round.

That’s something we think they can use to their advantage. Liverpool don’t need a game-changing star right now and a useful, high-potential player could become available in the next month or two.

If they do, we’d expect Liverpool to move for him. Otherwise it’s just a wait-and-see one again. The club appears to be playing this all close to their chest.

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