Liverpool transfer target Teun Koopmeiners is reportedly set to be available for a fee in the region of €20m from AZ Alkmaar this summer.
According to Spanish outlet AS, Alkmaar are poised to demand a fee of €20m as the likes of Liverpool, Napoli, Sevilla and Inter battle it out for his services.
The report claims Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sees Koopmeiners as an ideal replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Earlier this week, we reacted to the initial news of Liverpool being interested in Koopmeiners. At that time, a price had not been mentioned and we concluded that his activity at both ends of the pitch could make him a useful asset to the Reds. Koopmeiners has shown this season that he is capable of producing a high volume of defensive contributions, whilst also managing 15 goals and five assists in the Eredivisie, highlighting his ability as a box-to-box midfielder.
With the price now being out in the open, we can give a more informed verdict on whether or not this would be a good transfer for Liverpool. For €20m (£17.2m), Koopmeiners could be an exceptional addition to Liverpool’s squad, given that they have reportedly placed a £30m price tag on Naby Keita’s head. Given the qualities Koopmeiners possess, as listed above, Liverpool bringing him in for almost £13m cheaper than what they could potentially sell Keita for seems like a superb piece of business.
Although, it is tough to gauge the difference in quality between the Eredivisie and the Premier League so there is no guarantee that his skills will translate over. However, you can only judge him against the level he is playing at and his numbers speak for themselves, so it could be a worthwhile gamble for the club this summer.
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