Liverpool have reportedly opened talks with the agent of Villarreal star Arnaut Danjuma with the Netherlands winger seemingly emerging as the Reds’ No 1 summer transfer target.
The former Bournemouth man has been turning heads since making the move to Spain. Indeed, his move to El Madrigal was seen as something of a gamble by the Yellow Submarine, given he had little experience of top-flight action to that point. However, in 30 appearances for Villarreal, Danjuma has 14 goals and four assists, earmarking him as a huge talent.
As such, the £21m fee they have paid for him looks to be money extremely well spent.
Indeed, he has been monitored by Liverpool almost since he made that move. And this week, those reports have gathered pace amid a claim he was one of new sporting director Julian Ward’s top targets.
Furthermore, it was suggested the Netherlands winger is wanted by Jurgen Klopp as a possible long-term replacement for Sadio Mane. However, they stated any move for the player was unlikely to take place until summer 2023.
However, Spanish outlet Nacional now reports Liverpool FC are accelerating their plans for Danjuma.
They claim Klopp is desperate to have Danjuma in his Liverpool attack next season. As such, they report Ward has this week already been in touch with his agent.
Aware of their interest, Unai Emery’s side have reportedly responded by placing a prohibitive £50m fee on his head.
However, that is unlikely to dissuade Liverpool, who are seemingly ready to press ahead with their push to sign the star.
Danjuma can play anywhere across the attack
Seemingly, Danjuma’s fantastic performances in the Champions League are impressing Klopp.
The 25-year-old has six goals and one assist from the eight starts in the competition this season. And Emery’s side are well placed to reach the semi-finals having edged Bayern Munich 1-0 in their quarter-final first leg. It was Danjuma’s goal too that made all the difference.
However, it is Danjuma’s versatility which will also appeal to Klopp.
The six-times capped Holland star can perform on either flank or as an out-and-out No 9. Indeed, it is in that position where Emery has played Danjuma the most…