Liverpool have contacted Florian Neuhaus’ representatives ahead of a potential move this summer.
This is Anfield understands that the Borussia Monchengladbach man has emerged as a potential midfield target for the Reds as they consider signing a direct replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.
Neuhaus has established himself as a key man in Gladbach’s engine room over the last three seasons, scoring 16 goals in 116 appearances.
His development was recognized with a first senior national team match in October 2020 and a place in Jogi Low’s squad for this summer’s European Championship.
But while Liverpool’s interest in the 24-year-old spans back to the first contact with his camp in the spring, a move is currently not considered close to completion.
The previously reported release clause of € 40 million in the midfield contract has expired, meaning the Reds will now be required to enter into negotiations with Gladbach to secure his services.
However, they are believed to be taking a realistic approach at any new cost after failing to secure European football by finishing eighth in the Bundesliga last season.
Position: Middle midfield
Height: 6 feet
Like most clubs across the continent, Gladbach also deals with the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Any strengthening of Liverpool interest is expected to come after this summer’s euro, for which Germany are considered favorites.
Conveniently, the prospect of a bidding war with Bayern Munich seems to have been avoided after their president Herbert Hainer ruled out further major moves this summer.
On Tuesday, Hainer said: “With the exception of RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, no major transfers are possible for us this summer.”
Meanwhile, Neuhaus himself said regarding a move to Bayern that he “can clearly deny it here and now.”
Personal terms are unlikely to be a stumbling block, as the player is attracted to the idea of connecting with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
Last week, the 24-year-old said: “I can very well imagine moving abroad.”
However, the possibility of Neuhaus staying in Gladbach can not yet be ruled out, and he added: “I do not necessarily have to change because I currently feel very much at home in Borussia Monchengladbach.
“It’s a good feeling, and another club must first encounter that feeling in the conversations. I feel very much at home there at the moment. ”
Gladbach’s new boss Adi Hutter, who has replaced Marco Rose following his move to Borussia Dortmund, has made it clear he wants to work with the midfielder next season.