Liverpool could have another Dutch international in their midfield alongside Georginio Wijnaldum this season if one potential transfer story had worked out differently.
Italian outlet FC Inter News reported that the Reds had been considering signing Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek during the summer, but were put off by the Eredivisie club’s €80m (£69.5m) valuation of the 22-year-old.
NEW: Liverpool considered signing Donny van de Beek in the summer.https://t.co/Ux7NGSVdbL
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) October 16, 2019
Van de Beek, who played in every match for Ajax on their run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, has scored three goals in his first 12 games of the current campaign and is now valued at £100m by the club, according to Anfield Watch.
His ratio of one goal every four matches is matched by Marko Grujic, the midfielder on loan from Liverpool to Hertha Berlin who has netted twice in eight games for the Bundesliga outfit so far this term.
These Liverpool fans on Twitter did not seem too disappointed that the club opted against meeting Ajax’s valuation for Van de Beek over the summer:
Would have been a nice signing but 100m is really too high. Not good for the club and might be a burden for the player too
— Mr Why (@YNWA8881) October 16, 2019
Why would we do that..he ain’t doing any better than grujic..
— @#$& (@paa_kwesidenver) October 16, 2019
We have Gruiji
— Abdulsemed Muhidin (@AbuUkaash) October 16, 2019
— F.R. (@Stylusmaestr0) October 16, 2019
I am 50/50
— ManuelWilliam1:59:40 (@ManuelWiliam504) October 16, 2019
Klopp would still have played Gini Fabinho and Henderson/Milner so would have been a pointless signing
— John O Sullivan (@Corballyred) October 16, 2019
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