Liverpool told to take advantage of Man Utd transfer axe and sign bargain third midfielder


Liverpool have been told that signing former Manchester United loanee Marcel Sabitzer is “almost too good to turn down” as Jurgen Klopp continues to overhaul his midfield. The Reds have added both Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai already this window and are pressing forward to land a third midfielder before the window closes.

Sabitzer spent the second half of the season on loan at United following injury to Christian Eriksen, as the Austrian deputised ably in his absence. There was an option to buy him permanently from Bayern Munich, but United last week announced that both he and fellow loanee Wout Weghorst have returned to their parent clubs.

Sabitzer has been deemed surplus to requirements by Thomas Tuchel at Bayern and Bild have claimed that the 28-year-old has been told that he can leave for as little as £12.8m this summer. United appear to have turned their attentions elsewhere, however, in the form of Mason Mount while Fiorentina’s Sofian Amrabat has been mentioned as a second midfielder signing.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore believes that the Reds should take advantage of United’s call not to bring Sabitzer back, adding him to Klopp’s midfield overhaul. There appears to be no slowing down in recruitment for that area, after it was identified to be an area of improvement following a disappointing campaign.

“Marcel Sabitzer, who was only on loan, has now returned to Bayern Munich. There have been recent reports that the Bavarians are happy for the Austrian to leave permanently for a fee of just €15m (£12.5m),” Collymore wrote in his CaughtOffside column.

“If that is true, I cannot believe United haven’t snapped their hand off already. If they’re not going to take Bayern Munich up on it, I wonder if Klopp will think about it. He’s proven he can play in the Premier League and that fee is almost too good to turn down, especially when it’s senior international-level midfielders you’re in the market for!”

Liverpool seem to have focused on Arsenal target Romeo Lavia, however, as someone that can play more of a holding role compared to Mac Allister and Szoboszlai. Klopp’s outfit are reportedly preparing an opening bid for the Southampton starlet, though the relegated side are demanding upwards of £40m for the Belgian.

After spending close to £100m already on two midfielders, Liverpool may opt for a cheaper route while also having the likes of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones, Thiago and Harvey Elliot to call upon.

They could heed Collymore’s advance and take advantage of their rivals’ decision not to sign Sabitzer on a permanent basis by bringing him to Anfield on a cut-price deal.

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