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Opinion: Liverpool targetting Arnaut Danjuma would be infuriating

Liverpool have eyes on Arnaut Danjuma, according to reports. It would be an infuriating transfer, however.

Fabrizio Romano claims Liverpool want a winger in January. After all, both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will disappear to the Africa Cup of Nations that month.

Signing a replacement makes sense and the Reds supposedly have one in mind.

“I am told Liverpool love [Arnaut] Danjuma,” Romano told his Here We Go podcast. “But Villarreal have no intentions of opening talks in January.”

Danjuma seriously caught the eye for Villarreal this season as he troubled Manchester United at Old Trafford. He also chipped in with some decent La Liga appearances.

But despite his obvious talent, this would be an infuriating transfer pursuit if Liverpool went with it.

Liverpool target Arnaut Danjuma

So for starters, why would they look now and not in the summer? Danjuma only just moved to Villarreal from Bournemouth for around £21m.

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He’s undoubtedly worth far more now, given he’s at a bigger club and with a larger reputation. Just on that alone, Danjuma is a bizarre target.

Liverpool knew about AFCON long ago, too. Danjuma was available in the summer and the Reds needed a winger back then.

And signing a winger in January is far less productive than signing one in the summer. Liverpool typically give players weeks and maybe months to adapt to their playing style before really trusting them in games.

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But if Danjuma arrived in January, he’d have no time to settle. Liverpool would immediately use him to replace the world’s best wingers.

That’s hardly ideal and not a problem if Danjuma signs for Liverpool in the summer when he was available.

We like Danjuma – as do the fans – but we don’t understand this one. As Romano says, Villarreal almost certainly won’t sell in January

And so if Liverpool like Danjuma, why on earth didn’t they bid in the summer?

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