Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has made one key acquisition this offseason. That acquisition was that of centre-back Ibrahimia Konate from RB Leipzig for £36 million. Now, seeking to add to Liverpool’s attack, Edwards is working on a deal for PSV Eindhoven and Dutch international Donyell Malen.
Malen, a former Ajax and Arsenal youth player, had a fantastic 2020-21 season for PSV Eindhoven, scoring 27 goals in 45 matches in all competitions. At just 22-years-old, the forward can play a role similar to the one that Roberto Firmino assumes at Anfield.
Liverpool have competition for Malen’s signature as Jurgen Klopp’s former team, Borussia Dortmund, are tracking the forward as well. Malen is rated at £27m by Transfermarkt. The price could be more than Liverpool want to spend and it looks like the club are considering a player swap deal with PSV Eindhoven to land Malen.
In the end, Liverpool could pay a transfer fee and add a player to sweeten the deal with the Dutch club. Several players have been linked as a part of the swap deal. Liverpool striker Divock Origi, whose career at Anfield went backwards in 2020-21, is one player that could make way.
Origi scored zero league goals in just nine appearances in 2020-21. Reports on Monday claim Rangers are interested in the Belgian, a move that could be beneficial for both parties. Celtic and Southampton are also monitoring Origi.
Although it appeared Liverpool were ready to offload Marko Grujic to FC Porto for around £10m, the midfielder is still a Red. Grujic could be used as the make-weight for Malen if a deal to send him to FC Porto doesn’t happen.
Then there is Takumi Minamino. A player with a lot of potential, Minamino hasn’t shown the consistency needed to play regular minutes for Klopp. Minamino was good on loan at Southampton last season scoring two goals in 10 games. Reports have varied on Minamino’s future this summer with some calling for him to get a bigger role in the team while others claim he will be sold.
Liverpool are seeking to get several players off the books this summer including Harry Wilson, who is linked to Brentford. There have also been rumblings over the last six months or so of Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain interested in finding new clubs and regular playing time.
Liverpool have had the opportunities to sell several players in recent transfers windows but decided to hold out for sizeable transfer fees, such as in the case of Wilson. In hindsight, with the COVID-19 pandemic and falling transfer values, the decision not to sell earlier was the wrong one.
While Liverpool sealed the deal for Konate early, any future transfer could be made late in the window.