Liverpool have made it clear to Donyell Malen and Mino Raiola that they are willing to match the contract offered by Borussia Dortmund.
Anfield Central reported exclusively on Wednesday that BVB had agreed on personal terms with the PSV attacker.
Dortmund have agreed to pay Malen around €100,000 per week and a source with inside knowledge on a number of clubs in Holland has told Anfield Central that Liverpool have informed the player and his agent that they are willing to commit to the same salary.
The issue for Liverpool – and this will frustrate fans – is that the Reds are forced to stall until they offload unwanted players due to the club’s sell to buy policy and their need to free up non-HGP slots in the squad.
Sporting director Michael Edwards is working hard to drum up interest in Divock Origi, Harry Wilson and Taiwo Awoniyi.
Marko Grujic and Xherdan Shaqiri are wanted by a few clubs but Liverpool are yet to receive bids that match their valuations of the midfielders and until they do, their hands are tied.
PSV Eindhoven are looking for just €30m and BVB are currently just €5m off the Dutch side’s valuation of Malen.
Liverpool need to act fast otherwise they will miss out on the 22-year-old and while some doubt his ability given that he has only played in the Eredivisie, he is going to be a top player.
Malen is blessed with searing pace, clinical finishing and his link-up play means that he could quite easily take Roberto Firmino’s place in the starting XI without the Reds’ fluidity suffering too much.