Liverpool are apparently looking at FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong and will make a summer move according to his agent, Marco de Marchi.
The Daily Mail reports that de Marchi confirmed Liverpool’s interest before adding: “Several English and German clubs are following him.”
The 21-year-old has been in blistering form this season, with 25 goals in 28 games in all competitions, and the move would suggest that manager Kenny Dalglish is finally losing patience with his lacklustre front-line.
For all his talents, Luis Suarez has scored just six goals this season and Andy Carroll’s problems since his £35million move to Anfield have been well documented. Add to this the distinct lack of goals from midfield, and you can see the main reason why Liverpool are likely to miss out on Champions League qualification.
I expect that the interest from Liverpool is legitimate. However, I don’t believe de Jong will end up there. It is probably a case of his agent trying to sound out any Champions League clubs that might be interested.
In England that is unlikely. Manchester United have four very good strikers already, while Arsenal seem to have agreed a deal for Lukas Podolski. Chelsea and Spurs are potential options, but both are uncertain who their manager may be next season, so sorting out a deal prior to the summer might be difficult.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have also been credited with an interest in the past and it could be that de Jong’s most likely destination is Germany, should he leave Twente.
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