Italian giants to rival Liverpool in race for Dutch midfielder

Liverpool are looking to strengthen in the midfield department with Dutchman Teun Koopmeiners a viable option.

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Liverpool are looking to strengthen in the midfield departments with Dutchman Teun Koopmeiners a viable option, but Juventus are also sniffing around for his signature, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato.

The 25-year-old moved to Italy from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2021 for a mere £12m, but his stellar performances of late mean a high-profile transfer may be around the bend.

Hailed as ‘extraordinary’ by Atalanta legend Domenico Progna, Koopmeiners has been a shining star in the Serie A, and so there’s no surprise that both clubs are battling to sign the midfield maestro.

Midfield deficiencies have been highlighted as a chink in Jurgen Klopp’s armour recently, with a number of midfielders underperforming this term.

But a move for the Atalanta starlet will not be straightforward with Italian heavyweights Juventus also monitoring his situation.

Back during the January window, Klopp and his entourage made their feelings clear as an approach for the midfielder was pre-empted for the summer, with Italian side Atalanta sticking a £35m price tag on him.

Now Liverpool face competition from one of Europe’s top dogs to land the defensive midfielder come the summer,

Jude Bellingham is another midfielder that Klopp has pinpointed as a potential target, but either arrival would give Liverpool another layer of depth and quality in the centre of the park.

Neither side are looking likely to qualify for Europe’s top-tier club competition next season, meaning both sides will be beaming with the hope that the Dutchman settles with them in the summer.

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