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Liverpool submit a surprise bid worth €71M for “spectacular star with a lot of leadership”

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Liverpool submit a surprise bid worth €71M for “spectacular star with a lot of leadership”

Liverpool have been linked with a €71 million move for a world-class midfielder, which would undoubtedly shock the footballing world.

The Reds are dealing with a slew of injuries, prompting fans to call for a new signing in central midfield.

Since their 2-1 loss to Manchester United earlier this week, the club has been linked with an outrageous move for Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong.

Given the saga that has surrounded the Dutchman’s failed moves to United and Chelsea this summer, this report should be taken with a grain of salt.

There aren’t many credible sources on this story, but Forbes has covered the links.

They claim that Liverpool intends to make an offer to FC Barcelona for Frenkie De Jong worth £53 million (€62 million) plus £7 million (€8.3 million) in variables (a total of approximately £60 million (€71 million).

Manchester United failed to reach an agreement with the player, but they had agreed to a higher fee of €85 million in mid-July – with Liverpool still some way off that figure.

The only significant difference between the two English clubs interested in the player is that the Reds can offer Champions League football.

However, it is now clear that he will not be joining the Manchester club.

De Jong, described by manager Xavi as “a spectacular player with a lot of leadership,” is a world-class midfielder who has struggled at Barcelona since his arrival.

He arrived at a time when the club was in disarray, both financially and on the field, as Lionel Messi left for free to join Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Those days at Ajax seem like a lifetime ago, but at 25, he still has a lot to offer club and country.

His ball-handling statistics are undeniably elite; he ranks in the 93rd-94th percentile for non-penalty xG, npxG + xA, pass completion, progressive carries, and progressive passes received.

De Jong is statistically comparable to Nicolo Barella, Luka Modric, and Bernardo Silva, and his passing ability rivals Thiago’s at Liverpool.

Liverpool submit a surprise bid worth €71M for “spectacular star with a lot of leadership”

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