Liverpool hold a fairly odd stance on Donyell Malen, according to one journalist. A final decision is coming up.
This comes from Dutch journalist Rik Elfrink. He says Liverpool have changed their stance on Donyell Malen in the last two weeks.
Elfrink believes Borussia Dortmund are now leading the way for Malen and are almost alone in that. Liverpool are still involved but their interest is no longer serious.
That’s in contrast to Elfrink’s claim two weeks ago that the two clubs were both neck-and-neck in their intent. Liverpool, though, appear to have slowed down.
There’s no agreement between PSV Eindhoven and Dortmund yet, however. But all parties hope to see it happen in the next few days.
And if Liverpool’s interest continues to wane, it’s hard to see Malen ending up anywhere different. This one might be a no-go.
Liverpool change Malen stance
It’s a little bit of a surprise, if only because Malen felt like a good fit. He’s a quick, direct forward and Liverpool have a lot of success with those.
The only question was around his position. Malen is a striker but Liverpool’s pace tends to come from out wide. Could the Dutchman adapt to a deeper role as more of a False 9? Could he learn to play wide?
We were hoping to find out, given he’s a 22-year-old who bagged 20 goals for PSV last season. Malen feels like a very exciting young prospect and one who could reach impressive heights over the next few years.
Funnily enough, Dortmund might ask the ask questions. Erling Haaland is undoubtedly their primary striker, with Malen arriving as a Jadon Sancho replacement.
That would see him out on the wing, too, or playing in a support role to Haaland. So it seems we’ll get our answers – they just won’t be from Liverpool.