Prolific Liverpool target to “become a sensation” at EURO 202; Reds ‘front of the queue’ to sign him

Former Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder says that Liverpool target Donyell Malen is going to have a sensational EUROs tournament.

Liverpool have been linked with Donyell Malen this summer to bolster their attacking ranks and he’s tipped to be one of the players to keep an eye on.

What did Sneijder have to say?

“I think he’s a really great striker,” Sneijder explained. “And I really think that if he gets the chance to play, he could become a sensation for this European Championship. I’m really charmed by that boy.

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 14: Donyell Malen of PSV scores his teams first goal past Goalkeeper, Nick Marsman of Feyenoord Rotterdam during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord at Philips Stadion on March 14, 2021 in Eindhoven, Netherlands
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 14: Donyell Malen of PSV scores his teams first goal past Goalkeeper, Nick Marsman of Feyenoord Rotterdam during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord at Philips Stadion on March 14, 2021 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

“You see that every time (Memphis and Malen) play together, they look for each other. They also get on well with each other. There’s a lot of movement with those two in the front.

“And I would rather opt for movement, with two players who can dive into the spaces, than a static striker.”

Depay and Malen would make a terrific strike partnership and although the Netherlands will be without Virgil van Dijk after he ruled himself out of the competition, they stand a good chance of going all the way.

What would Malen add to Liverpool’s attack?

The former Arsenal youth player got 27 goals and 11 assists for PSV Eindhoven and would add more movement to the Reds’ front three if started over Roberto Firmino. He might be a fantastic player, with superb link-up play, but Firmino can be a little bit too static at times.

HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 16: Donyell Malen of PSV celebrates 2-2 during the Dutch Eredivisie match between SC Heerenveen v PSV at the Abe Lenstra Stadium on February 16, 2019 in Heerenveen Netherlands.
HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 16: Donyell Malen of PSV celebrates 2-2 during the Dutch Eredivisie match between SC Heerenveen v PSV at the Abe Lenstra Stadium on February 16, 2019 in Heerenveen Netherlands. (Photo by Edwin van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s side is crying out for a natural striker to give them more of an edge in games where Mohamed Salah is unable to score.

It felt this season that if Salah didn’t get on the score sheet, nobody would. His 22 Premier League goals carried the Reds to a third-place finishing, accounting for 32% of Liverpool’s goals in the league.

Without him, Jurgen Klopp’s side would have been in real danger of not just missing out on top four but being marooned between the Champions League qualification places and mid-table.

What would it take to sign Malen?

According to Voetbal International, PSV Eindhoven would consider selling the striker for a fee in the region of £25million which would be a huge bargain for a player with his eye for goal. They also say the Reds are at the ‘front of the queue to sign him.’

Liverpool might not be bankrupt as some make them out to be but signing Malen for £25m would help them keep funds for more expensive deals.

Perhaps Wijnaldum can put in a good word for Jurgen Klopp…

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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