According to reports, Liverpool have set their sights on Borussia Dortmund forward Donyell Malen as a potential transfer target.
There was a time not so very long ago where Donyell Malen was one of Borussia Dortmund’s struggling players. Brought in with the heavy expectation to replace Jadon Sancho when he left for Manchester United, Malen had a rough start to life in Germany, with the Dutch international struggling to re-discover the form that made him such an exciting transfer target during his time at PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Malen then exploded onto the scene in the second half of Dortmund’s campaign last season, almost spearheading Dortmund’s charge towards what would have been the club’s first domestic title since the 2011/12 Bundesliga season. It’s no surprise that this uptick in form has been noticed by other clubs, with Liverpool allegedly considering making a move for the Dutchman.
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp is apparently an admirer of Malen’s, having tracked the player prior the Dutch international’s move to the Westfalenstadion. Some reports claim that Malen would be brought in as a Mohammed Salah replacement, which seems fictional more than anything. Other reports claim he would be brought in as a backup for Salah, which is a more realistic perception of the situation.
That being said, it is unlikely that Dortmund would consider parting ways with their strongest attacking threat this season, or at least not for a small fee. Malen’s contract currently runs until 2026, which means that they would be in the complete driving seat when it comes to negotiations, which means they would likely ask for a valuation of 60 million euros or more should they even sit down at the table with Liverpool.
In addition to this, the prospect of going to England only to play second fiddle to Salah shouldn’t be something all that enticing in my opinion, especially considering the fact that right now, Malen is a nailed on starter for Dortmund. A move to the Premier League, just to sit on the bench, wouldn’t be the best career move for Malen, which is also why I think this rumor doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on, at least right now.