Report: ‘Way clear for Liverpool’ to sign €25m winger after La Liga side had a €15m bid rejected

Liverpool can reportedly sign Bournemouth star Arnaut Danjuma without challenge as Villarreal cannot afford to increase their bid from €15m.

While Jurgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders are working hard to get Liverpool’s existing squad in shape for the start of the Premier League season, Michael Edwards is at work to get the club’s affairs in order.

Liverpool are interested in Arnaut Danjuma

According to trusted Spanish publication Marca, both Liverpool and Villarreal are interested in signing the Bournemouth winger this summer.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Arnaut Danjuma of AFC Bournemouth scores their team's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Coventry City at Vitality Stadium on April 10, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – APRIL 10: Arnaut Danjuma of AFC Bournemouth scores their team’s second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Coventry City at Vitality Stadium on April 10, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

They report that the Europa League champions have already had a €15m bid rejected and are unwilling to ‘do anything crazy’ to get their man.

Meanwhile, they claim that this leaves ‘the way clear for Liverpool’ to make their move for Danjuma but they don’t say whether or not the Reds will act on their interest.

According to Marca, Bournemouth’s asking price for the forward, who scored and assisted 25 times last season, is €25million.

Would Danjuma be good for Liverpool?

As already mentioned, the 24-year-old isn’t goal-shy and also contributes heavily to build-up play as he is superb at dribbling.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Arnaut Danjuma of Bournemouth celebrates after he scores a goal to make it 2-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Coventry City at Vitality Stadium on April 10, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – APRIL 10: Arnaut Danjuma of Bournemouth celebrates after he scores a goal to make it 2-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Coventry City at Vitality Stadium on April 10, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

His last season in the Premier League saw him score zero goals so it’s unclear if he’s matured at the exact moment he’s been given more opportunities or if he’s more suited to the Championship.

If it’s the latter, Liverpool’s scouts will be well aware but if it’s the former, I really hope they don’t wait for him to join a team like Leicester.

If they wait for his value to shoot up to £40-50m over the next three years as we’ve seen happen with the likes of James Maddison, they could regret it hugely.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 20: James Maddison of Leicester City (R) with Patson Daka of Leicester City during the Leicester City training session at Leicester City Training Ground, Seagrave on July 20th, 2021 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 20: James Maddison of Leicester City (R) with Patson Daka of Leicester City during the Leicester City training session at Leicester City Training Ground, Seagrave on July 20th, 2021 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

We’ve seen the same thing happen with Patson Daka this summer who I can almost guarantee will be scoring 20 goals per season at some stage during his Leicester career.

Danjuma, however, would be a decent gamble at €25m.

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

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