Liverpool appear set to be forced to change their January transfer plans after learning Manchester United’s intentions.
The Reds had a strong interest in securing a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Donyell Malen during the winter transfer window. However, it seems that the Netherlands international might find himself heading to Old Trafford in a potential swap deal involving Jadon Sancho.
Liverpool now face the need to swiftly reconsider their options, and Newsnow Liverpool examines four alternative targets that could be pursued in lieu of Malen.
Johan Bakayoko (PSV)
Johan Bakayoko, who nearly joined Brentford during the summer, continues to prove why numerous clubs are eager to secure his services.
The 20-year-old has impressively contributed with three goals and eight assists in 15 league appearances, showcasing his dynamic speed and willingness to make runs behind the opposition, solidifying his status as one of the Eredivisie’s most thrilling players.
Liverpool maintain a longstanding interest in Bakayoko, while several other Premier League teams also prioritize the pursuit of his talents.
Federico Chiesa (Juventus)
Federico Chiesa, the Italian talisman, has been consistently associated with a potential transfer to Anfield over the years.
However, now seems to be the ideal moment for the 26-year-old to make the move to Merseyside. Despite having scored four goals in Serie A this season, his significance in Massimiliano Allegri’s system goes beyond the statistics.
Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)
Bayern Munich have expressed a clear intent to extend Leroy Sane’s contract; nevertheless, there’s a potential for Liverpool to launch a late bid to entice him away from the Allianz Arena.
Acknowledging Sane’s remarkable form as one of Europe’s standout players this season, should he consider departing the Bundesliga, Bayern would understandably seek a substantial fee for the talented forward.
Liverpool, known for their willingness to invest significantly when they perceive a strategic opportunity, may find Sane’s impressive performance at the beginning of the campaign compelling enough to pursue the player.
Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao)
Several Premier League teams have been closely monitoring Nico Williams throughout the current season. Despite his recent contract extension with Athletic Bilbao, there seems to be little to no reduction in the interest surrounding him.
The 21-year-old has showcased his abilities by scoring two goals and providing five assists in 12 league outings. His influence extends to the international stage, where he has made a notable impact with the Spanish national team.
Williams possesses the capability to operate on both wings and through the middle when necessary. This versatility in his playing style is expected to be particularly appealing to Jurgen Klopp.