Liverpool appear to have an advantage over Borussia Dortmund in their pursuit of Donyell Malen, according to reports. We’ll have to see if the Reds use it.
This comes from Bild. They claim that Borussia Dortmund see Donyell Malen as their ideal replacement for Jadon Sancho.
The Englishman is off to Manchester United, of course.
Malen will likely leave PSV Eindhoven this summer, too, but Dortmund have a problem. They’re only willing to offer around £23m for the forward but that won’t be good enough.
To be fair to Dortmund, that’s roughly what we think Malen is worth. His club don’t see it that way, though.
PSV want ‘well over £25m’ for Malen – and that creates an opening.
Dortmund aren’t the only ones chasing Malen, after all, as Liverpool supposedly want him, too. Voetbal International claim talks are underway between the Reds and the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.
Bild’s report gives a little insight to how those talks could go. They say Raiola wants Malen’s salary tripled – once again making this race look financial above all.
Dortmund and Liverpool chase Malen
If this were purely about football and developing as a player, we’d expect Malen to choose Dortmund. Not because Liverpool wouldn’t be a great choice but because the Germans can offer a little more.
They’ve got a clear first-team role for him with Sancho leaving, while their work developing young players over the last few years is arguably the world’s best. Then there’s the ‘stepping stone’ factor.
Joining Dortmund is rarely an end-point for players. Malen could do so while still holding expectations of moving elsewhere.
We’re not sure that’s the case with Liverpool. Malen would be fifth-choice at best, to begin with, and he could remain there for his entire contract if he didn’t kick on enough.
But it does appear that money wins this race. Liverpool can comfortably take advantage, then, if they offer above that £23m Dortmund won’t budge on.
Throw in the wage demands and the Reds can feel confident. If they truly want Malen, he’s there for the taking.