9 Feb 2017

Done Deal: 'Fantastic' £20m sensation wanted by Klopp signs until 2022; Liverpool reps flew out to watch him

Jurgen Klopp's changes of signing one of Liverpool's alleged top transfer targets has taken a knock this week.

In early January, ESPN claimed:

"Jurgen Klopp will target RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg during the January transfer window. Leipzig will not accept less than £20m and [will] evaluate offers".

The Mirror further claimed:

"Liverpool scouts have been to check to see him [Forsberg] in action for RBL this season".

On Wednesday, Leipzig confirmed:

"Emil Forsberg has extended his contract at RB Leipzig by a further year until June 2022".

After signings, Forsberg enthused:

"I am delighted. I feel right at home and very much appreciated. The club is ambitious and has huge potential. I want to contribute to continued success in the future."

This appears to put a dent in Liverpool's transfer hopes, but in my view, all is not lost. A one year extension almost certainly means one or both of the following:

* After recent transfer interest, Leipzig increased Forsberg's salary in a bid to entice him to stay.

* Leipzig initiated an extension to facilitate the inclusion of a large buyout clause (in anticipation of selling for a huge fee). Why else hand Forsberg a one-year extension, especially when he still had four years remaining on his current deal?

As is always the case, money talks, and if Liverpool (or some other club) lay down a massive transfer fee this summer, then Leipzig will probably sell. That said, with Leipzig flying high in the Bundesliga this season, and on the way to Champions League qualification, Forsberg may want to stay and continue the adventure.

Try again in the summer?


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