REPORT: Liverpool And Chelsea Scouts ‘Both In Attendance’ To See 15 Goal Midfielder In Action On Wednesday

Liverpool had representatives in the stands to watch Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners play in the Coppa Italia final, according to HITC Sport.

The website claims that the Reds and Chelsea were “both in attendance” as the Dutchman’s side lost 1-0 to Juventus on Wednesday evening.

Koopmeiners has had a standout season for Atalanta, scoring 15 goals and providing 7 assists in 48 appearances, but he wasn’t able to help his side despite playing the full 90 minutes against Juve.

The 26-year-old has already spoken out to say he wants to leave Atalanta for a new challenge at the end of the season.

Coincidentally, Koopmeiners’ last opponents Juventus have been heavily linked with a bid for the player, but they are said to have cooled their interest after discovering his asking price.

How much would Koopmeiners cost?

Reports in Italy suggest that Atalanta may hold out for as much as €60m (£51.5m) for the Netherlands international.

While Liverpool are not averse to paying such fees, you do wonder whether Koopmeiners should be a top target, considering the area of the pitch he plays in.

He is usually deployed as a no.8 or no.10 which are both positions that are pretty well covered, with the likes of Dominik Szoboszlai, Ryan Gravenberch, Alexis Mac Allister, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott all in the first-team squad.

Slot may be driving Liverpool’s interest

Prospective new head coach Arne Slot has managed Koopmeiners before at AZ Alkmaar so the club’s pursuit of the midfielder may be at his behest.

The Feyenoord manager usually deploys a 4-2-3-1 formation, with a prominent role for a no.10, so he may feel that the Reds could do with another option in that position.

It remains to be seen whether the Merseyside club or Chelsea will firm up their interest in Koopmeiners and make a formal bid.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.