De Marchi confirms Liverpool striker chase

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The agent of Dutch striker Luuk de Jong has confirmed that Liverpool are one of the clubs interested in signing the player.

Teams in Italy and Germany have also been credited with a link to the 21-year-old, with Firoentina one of the sides thought to be tracking the seven-cap international.

However, Marco De Marchi was only willing to name Liverpool specifically when discussing the transfer speculation surrounding his client.

"I confirm that Liverpool like De Jong, and not only them. There are several English and German clubs who follow him, but no-one has made real steps with Twente," he told

"I can confirm that Luuk has a huge market in Italy, several clubs have called me to test the waters. I think something could happen in the summer, after the European Championship."

When pushed on the player’s price tag, De Marchi was unwilling to give a definitive figure, but admits that FC Twente could be looking for increasingly large sums of money if De Jong is included in the Dutch squad for this summer’s international competition in Poland & Ukraine.

"It's hard to say it because he is improving day after day and by the end of the season I think the price will rise further, especially if he'll be called by (Holland coach Bert) van Marwijk for the European Championship," the agent concluded.

De Jong began his career with De Graafschap, before moving to FC Twente in 2009 after one season as a professional at De Vijverberg.

One of the Eredivisie’s top scorers, the forward was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the January transfer window, and admitted he was open to a Premier League switch.

Liverpool didn’t make their move, but the speculation has continued on a constant basis, with the ball now in Kenny Dalglish’s court over whether he makes a move in the summer.

The Scot has spent over £100 million during his second spell in charge on Merseyside, with Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll his first additions last January.

But, with a lack of depth in the striking position, another big-money move could be on the cards for the Liverpool chief.

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