Liverpool step up pursuit of former Bayern Munich goal Florian Neuhaus of Borussia Mönchengladbach
According to Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, Liverpool are stepping up their pursuit of Borussia Mönchengladbach and German national team midfielder Florian Neuhaus, whom Bayern Munich have been chasing for some time last year and earlier this year. Per Plettenberg, a concrete offer for Neuhaus is expected to be tabled by Liverpool at some point after the end of the European Championships this summer, while discussions will continue during the tournament.
Update #Neuhaus (due to many inquiries): #LFC is certainly a very interesting option for the player. A concrete offer for him is expected. It’s also in Klopp. However, a decision on his future will be taken after the Euro. @ SPORT1
– Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) June 17, 2021
A final decision will certainly not be made until after the Euro, but Jurgen Klopp is also expected to approve the move, which, while the fees may be okay with Liverpool, he is very unlikely to object.
It is likely that Liverpool would have to shell out at least € 40million to acquire his services and even Neuhaus himself had recently said “I can very well imagine a move abroad”. He currently does not have a release clause in his Gladbach contract as the date on which it could have been triggered has passed. His contract with Die Fohlen expires in June 2024.
Naturally, Klopp will certainly look for a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, who agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer as the Ligue 1 giants stepped in with a lucrative offer at the last hour, beating Barcelona to the d-line. ‘arrival, so to speak. Both Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also suffered a lot from injury issues last season, as did captain Jordan Henderson. Aside from his recent purchase of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern, Liverpool have shown a strategy in recent years to invest in younger and more promising talent, which is why Neuhaus fits the bill perfectly.
Liverpool have also been linked with Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans and AS Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini, but Neuhaus at this point seems to be where the most tangible interest lies. He could be a solid addition to Klopp’s midfield.
For Bayern, he is unhappy that he missed Neuhaus, but they were never willing to pay as much as Neuhaus for him. At one point Bayern were considering the possibility of using Corentin Tolisso as potential leverage for Neuhaus, but he is now on Juventus’ radar as Massimiliano Allegri is keen to sign the French if he cannot realistically secure Manuel Locatelli. by Sassuolo.
As for inbound transfers, Bayern have already signed Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig and Omar Richards from Reading FC. In midfield, Mickael Cuisance will return from his loan to Marseille, so Bayern will have to decide what to do with him. Elsewhere in Bayern’s midfielder Javi Martinez will leave the club and combining that with Tolisso’s uncertain future, Bayern could very well be in the market for an affordable central midfielder this summer.