In recent years it has not been uncommon during transfer windows to see a host of names linked with a move to Liverpool, just for an entirely different name enter the picture at the last minute before signing for the club. Such a scenario could be set to occur again, with a late entry making its way onto the list of potential recruits in the club’s much-publicised midfield rebuild.
With the signing of Alexis Mac Allister already wrapped up, the rumour mill has seen LFC heavily linked with Kephren Thuram of Nice, along with Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Manu Koné and Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga. Ryan Gravenberch is another name that continues to be linked, whilst long-standing rumours of a move for Nicolò Barella persist.
One name that had not been linked with a move to Liverpool until now though was RB Leipzig’s rising star, Dominik Szoboszlai.
The talented midfielder has caught attention with his performances, and journalist David Ornstein, writing for The Athletic, has revealed that Liverpool hold a keen interest in securing the young Hungarian’s signature.
Adding fuel to the fire, Fabrizio Romano has reported that Szoboszlai has a release clause set to expire on June 30th, putting Liverpool under pressure to act swiftly if they want to bring the 22-year-old to Anfield. The release clause however currently stands at a lofty €70 million (£61 million), a significantly higher figure than all others linked with a move excepting Barella.
Price aside though, it’s clear to see why Liverpool are keen on Szoboszlai. The midfielder possesses the rare combination of goal-scoring prowess and creative flair, something the club has been missing since the departure of Philippe Coutinho. Last season, he notched an impressive tally of 10 goals and provided 13 assists, showcasing his potential to fill the void in our attacking midfield.
Reports suggest that Newcastle United are also considering a move for the midfielder, and FSG are highly unlikely to be drawn into a bidding war. Even given a clear run it is likely the release clause will prove prohibitive should Leipzig insist on it being met, but given the good relationship between the clubs it is possible a deal could be struck.