Liverpool will not be making a move for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus this summer, despite Jurgen Klopp making it clear he’s keen on him.
That’s according to Sport 1, who follow up a similar report yesterday with more details on their website today.
Yesterday we covered a tweet from Sport 1’s Florian Plettenburg that stated Liverpool are keen on the midfielder but won’t be making a move this summer.
That was said to be down to squad restraints more than anything, but the news outlet have added more details into the mix today.
They explain that according to their information. Neuhaus is set to stay with the Fohlenelf this summer despite interest from Liverpool.
Klopp is ‘keen to sign him’ and has ‘made this clear’ in recent talks with the 24-year-old, but there are two factors standing in his way of a deal.
First, there is the current competition in the Liverpool squad, with Fabinho, Naby Keita, Thiago, Curtis Jones, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all fighting for places.
That’s a lot of names, and while the Reds are ‘in the process of sorting out or clearing out’ their midfield players, there’s no room for Neuhaus.
Furthermore, the former Premier League champions are ‘no longer flush with cash’ after signing Ibrahima Konaté from RB Leipzig, and thus Neuhaus €40m asking price is out of the question.
That could change with sales, of course, but with only €14m having come in so far and Xherdan Shaqiri likely to only bring in around €10m, it may be a while before they have the funds.
Thus a deal is being held off, potentially until next year, and Neuhaus is fine with that. He’s ‘completely relaxed’ about the situation and is actually looking forward to another season in Germany.
He still has a contract with them until 2024, so a transfer is more likely next summer anyway, at which point Bayern Munich could also come calling.