Liverpool have reportedly had a £25m bid for Borussia Monchengladbach star Mahmoud Dahoud rejected and have been warned not to return with an improved offer.
It’s been a busy summer for Jurgen Klopp thus far, as the German tactician has already brought in a number of new faces as he stamps his authority on the squad.
However, it doesn’t appear as though he’s quite finished, although he may well have to look elsewhere based on Gladbach’s response to their bid for Dahoud.
According to The Sun, the Reds made their move over the weekend, and while the offer was dismissed, they were also told not to bother wasting their time with an improved bid.
However, with Dahoud having just two years remaining on his current contract, Gladbach’s stance doesn’t particularly make much sense unless they expect the 20-year-old to either pen a new deal or believe negotiations over the season will move in a positive direction.
Nevertheless, it certainly puts pressure on them to reach a deal as ultimately the longer it goes on this season without an agreement in place, the more anxious they will become as he enters the final year of his deal.
That in turn will see his value fall significantly the longer the situation rumbles on, but it remains to be seen how the situation now plays out and whether or not Liverpool will be able to entice the Bundesliga outfit into opening discussions.
Given that Gladbach sold Granit Xhaka earlier this summer, it’s no surprise that they’re unwilling to lose another top star, while they can also offer him Champions League football this year after finishing fourth in the league last season.
As a result, with the likes of Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane joining the club this summer, time will tell as to whether or not Klopp is adamant on one more new signing or if he feels as though further reinforcements can wait.