Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp sent scouts to watch an exciting Bundesliga star in the Champions League last week.
Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Mahmoud Dahoud, just 20, has been a rising prodigy at the German club over the last year or so after breaking through from the club’s academy.
Interest in the Syrian-born German has intensified after a number of impressive performances for the Foals, with Klopp’s outfit the most linked Premier League outfit.
The Reds pursuit of Dahoud seemed to continue throughout the summer, but Borussia manager Andre Schubert and director Max Eberl have firmly told Liverpool that they had no interest in allowing the midfielder to leave, especially after the sale of Granit Xhaka to Arsenal earlier in the transfer window.
However, it is evident that Klopp has refused to give up the chase, after sending scouts to watch Dahoud play against Manchester City for Mönchengladbach on Wednesday night.
The 4-0 defeat was a resounding one, but this does not mean that the Reds have ended their interest.
Valued at approximately £25 million, Dahoud was identified as an alternative to Udinese’s Piotr Zielinski, who eventually joined Napoli.
Dahoud’s deal with ‘Gladbach runs until 2018, and has so far not agreed to a contract extension.
The first ever Syrian-born player to appear in the Bundesliga, Dahoud had an impressive 83.5 % passing accuracy in the German top flight last year, and would fit in well to Klopp’s team.
It has been pointed out by both the Express and This Is Anfield that Dahoud, who shares the same agent as Emre Can, has a release clause of £8.3 million which can be activated next summer.
However, Express claim that Liverpool are readying a £25 million bid to secure Dahoud’s services in January.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.