Liverpool’s £11 million offer for teenage forward Christian Pulisic has been rejected by Borussia Dortmund, reports on Monday claim.
The Reds made a surprise bid for the 17-year-old on Friday, with Jurgen Klopp moving to raid his former club for the first time.
Pulisic finds himself in a challenging position in 2016/17, with Dortmund adding Mario Gotze, Emre Mor, Ousmane Dembele and Andre Schurrle to their attacking ranks over the summer.
The versatile forward, who is arguably at his best behind the striker, could therefore look to move on to boost his first-team prospects.
However, Dortmund seem unwilling to sell, with German publication Kicker reporting that they have rejected Liverpool’s £11 million bid.
They also claim that the Bundesliga side are not looking to loan Pulisic out this summer, with a permanent deal the only option.
Whether the Reds return with an improved bid remains to be seen, but the Liverpool Echo have suggested an agreement is now unlikely before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.
Premier League sides must have their business finalised before the 11pm deadline, with Liverpool more likely to agree departures for a host of players than any further incomings.
Klopp is taking a long-term view with regards to his interest in Pulisic, however, and with the USA international in the final two years of his current contract, a move in the coming transfer windows could be more successful.
Dortmund no doubt value Pulisic at much higher than £11 million, with the youngster one of their most outstanding prospects for the future.
That Liverpool would make an uninformed bid is unlikely, however, and may have been given an indication of Pulisic’s interest in a move—along with fellow Premier League outfit Stoke City.
The Potters have made a similar bid for the former Pennsylvania Classics talent, but he looks poised to remain at the Westfalenstadion for at least the next six months.