Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have to wait until next summer before getting the opportunity to sign highly-rated Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud from the Bundesliga club.
It has been widely reported for some time now that the 49-year-old wishes to bring the Syrian-born Germany Under-21 to Anfield. However, the player's agent has quashed any possibility of a transfer going ahead this summer, insisting the player will remain in Germany.
Paris Saint-Germain are understood to have seen a £34.2 million bid rejected earlier this month, while an unknown rival Premier League club are understood to be interested in the Reds target.
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However, despite Klopp not being able to add the midfielder to his squad this summer, due to the sale of Granit Xhaka to Arsenal earlier in the transfer window, Dahoud could be available for as little as £8.5 million next summer.
The 20-year-old's contract will expire in 2018, meaning his value will decrease as his deal at the club nears its end, while having turned down a new deal to stay at the Champions League outfit in the belief that he will be allowed to leave next summer.
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“It is certain Mahmoud will stay with Gladbach for now,” Reza Fazeli, Dahoud’s agent, told The Guardian.
“There has been a lot of interest in him, not just from Liverpool. But we have an agreement with Gladbach and everything has been postponed for next season.
“We will have to wait and see what happens in the future but it will be up to the club to accept a fee they think is acceptable.”
No release clause
There is no release clause in Dahoud's contract, that would force the Bundesliga outfit to negotiate with Liverpool, if they were to meet it. Therefore, negotiations are firmly in the German club's control, and with Champions League football on the horizon, they'll be desperate to keep ahold of one of their key assets.
Dahoud made 32 Bundesliga appearances for Monchengladbach, scoring five goals and producing nine assists. And he will look to build on that record this upcoming season, with PSG and Liverpool's hopes of acquiring the youngster for now, at least, dashed.
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