Liverpool are facing rejection in their attempts to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud despite being prepared to pay up to £25million, according to The Guardian.
Although deemed a worthy price to pay for a Germany Under-21 international with only one real season on his back, Gladbach officials are worried his departure will spark a mass exodus following the sale of Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal moved quickly to sign their club captain, agreeing a deal worth in excess of £30m before the European Championships had even started. Dahoud, who was a key figure alongside Xhaka in Gladbach's midfield last season, is expected to fill the gap the Swiss international has left behind.
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Having been given the chance to shine under Andre Schubert, it is understood that the 20-year-old is happy to continue with the club for at least another season to pay back his debt. If he continues to develop at the same rate as he did in the last campaign, he could quite easily go for more than Xhaka did.
However, the Bundesliga outfit are wary that Dahoud's contract is currently set to expire in 2018 and if they fail to agree an extension with him before next summer, they will come under immense pressure to sell for a reduced figure.
Gladbach are preparing a new deal and the expectation is that he will sign it, although the player could be expected to request some form of release clause, as is common around Europe's biggest leagues these days.
Sadio Mane became the third player to join Liverpool this summer after the arrival of defender Joel Matip and goalkeeper Loris Karius, both of who joined from Germany's top flight.
But it appears as though the spending will not stop there as Jurgen Klopp goes about turning this patchy Liverpool squad into a team that can achieve his aims. A number of players, including Mario Gotze, have been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks although the focus appears to be on offloading the unwanted stars.
Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke are both expected to leave Anfield before the start of next season with the latter drumming up interest from Crystal Palace. Whether Alan Pardew will meet their reported £30m asking price, however, is certainly doubtful.