Liverpool could revisit moves for Wolves’ Ruben Neves and RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer during the January transfer window, according to journalist Graeme Bailey.
The Reds considered signing both players in the summer but they eventually opted for a short-term solution by loaning Juventus’s Arthur instead. However, Bailey says that the two midfielders could be looked at again:
“As well as Arthur, they also did major work on Konrad Laimer and Ruben Neves. Neves has been linked with a number of clubs in recent times with Manchester United and Barcelona amongst those who had shown an interest in the past 12 months or so – but whether he is available in January remains to be seen, as new boss Julen Lopetegui won’t be wanting to lose any of his big names… One name very much in contention is Konrad Laimer. The Austrian saw a move to Bayern Munich fall through, but now he very much has his options open. He is out of contract in the summer and RB Leipzig are ready to do business. He has just returned from injury and will be fully fit for the season re-start, and Liverpool do like him.”
As Bailey points out, Neves is probably the more difficult target out of the two to sign. He may only have just over eighteen months left on his contract but there is a lot of interest in the Portuguese international. In addition to Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona have also been mentioned as potential suitors, and his asking price has been quoted as high as £70m.
Laimer is definitely a more realistic option for January. Leipzig were prepared to let him go for £25m in the summer and his price is likely to have dropped even further. With Bayern Munich waiting in the wings, though, the Austrian may opt to sit tight and move on a free to the Allianz Arena in July.