Liverpool could be eyeing up moves for a pair of European Under-21 champions, according to reports on Wednesday.
It’s been a quiet transfer window at Anfield to date, with Dutch centre-back Sepp van den Berg the Reds’ only summer acquisition.
Calls for new faces, in order to kick on after the memorable Champions League triumph, are currently going unheard but work behind-the-scenes continues.
Two new stories have emerged on Wednesday linking Liverpool with two of European football’s more exciting creative talents: Dani Ceballas and Dani Olmo.
The pair have just been crowned European Under-21 Championship winners following a successful campaign with Spain that culminated in a final victory over Germany last Sunday.
Despite his obvious quality, Ceballos could leave Real Madrid this summer and Marca report that Liverpool’s intrigue in the 22-year-old “has grown” recently, as they eye up reinforcements.
The Reds are thought to be the “most attractive” club to Ceballos – only a permanent deal is desired – but a move to Anfield is seen as the “most complicated” of those rumoured.
North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are also interested in the midfielder, who has been at Real Madrid since 2017, when he joined from Real Betis.
Liverpool were actually linked with the versatile midfielder before his move to Madrid, so there could be some substance to these reports.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are also reportedly one of a host of clubs interested in signing Olmo, according to Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.
The Dinamo Zagreb attacking midfielder scored in the aforementioned win over Germany, finding the net three times in the tournament, as well as registering an assist.
A €40 million (£35.9m) bid from Man United is mooted, but the Reds are also said to be in the race, along with Chelsea, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, AC Milan and PSG.
Olmo, who has been with Zagreb since joining from Barcelona in 2014, is believed to prefer a move to either the Premier League or the Bundesliga.
Capable of thriving in both central and wide attacking areas, the 21-year-old would be an exciting acquisition, adding depth and quality to Jurgen Klopp‘s squad.
It could be that these stories have simply been churned out because of Spain’s recent success, while the players’ stock is high.
There is no denying the ability and potential that the duo possess, however, so it is encouraging to see Liverpool linked with them.