Liverpool midfield target Mahmoud Dahoud can reportedly leave Borussia Monchengladbach for as little as £8.5 million next summer, due to a release clause.
Dahoud was a primary target for Reds manager Jurgen Klopp earlier in the summer, but the German saw his efforts thwarted as Gladbach dug their heels in to hold onto their prized asset.
Liverpool signed Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle United later in the window, and though the Dutchman is unlikely to have been an alternative to Dahoud, Klopp’s midfield ranks are decidedly strong heading into 2016/17.
However, Klopp’s midfield dynamic could change further next summer, with German publication Bild revealing a bargain release clause in Dahoud’s contract.
The Syrian-born playmaker could be available for as little as £8.5 million, with the clause activated at the end of 2016/17.
Liverpool are not alone in their interest, of course, with Juventus also named as a potential destination for Dahoud, who is so far unwilling to extend his contract with Gladbach.
This development may well be the reason Liverpool have stalled in their bid to sign Dahoud, with the youngster valued at £30 million this summer.
But with this release clause coming to light, Klopp may be tempted to make a late bid this summer.
This would potentially leave Gladbach with a big decision over whether to gamble on Dahoud’s loyalty, as only signing a new contract would eradicate this low release clause.
Either way, Dahoud is a box-to-box playmaker with the guile, tenacity and work rate to shine in Klopp’s midfield, and at £8.5 million, would be an exceptional piece of business for the Reds next summer.