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Liverpool at ‘front of the queue’ to sign former Arsenal starlet Donyell Malen

 

Word stemming from the Dutch media on Friday suggests that Liverpool are lining up a summer move for PSV Eindhoven star Donyell Malen.

PSV standout

Malen, 22, has long been viewed as one of the Eredivisie’s brightest talents.

The Dutchman is a centre-forward by trade, but also extremely versatile, and more than capable of lining out on either wing.

The extent of Malen’s abilities should come as little surprise, with the youngster having made his way through the youth ranks of Ajax, before spending two years with Arsenal between 2015 and 2017.

It is Malen’s time spent back in his home country with PSV, though, which has seen him earn a name as a potential star in the making.

Liverpool at ‘front of the queue’ to sign former Arsenal starlet Donyell Malen

Donyell Malen of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo at the Phillips stadium on October 06, 2019 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands(Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

The 8-time capped Netherlands international, combining touch, pace and a keen eye for both goal and a defence splitting pass, directly contributed to 13 goals in just 14 league appearances last season.

And, having since recovered from a lengthy spell out of action following knee surgery, Malen’s production has since reached even more impressive heights this time around.

All told, in 40 outings across all competitions in 2020/21, the attacker has racked up a head-turning 24 goals and 9 assists.

Anfield switch?

Such stellar exploits, though, have inevitably begun to pique attentions elsewhere.

In the past, the likes of AC Milan, Barcelona and even former club Arsenal have all been tipped to launch bids for Malen.

And now, on Friday, yet another European heavyweight have been added to the attacker’s growing list of admirers.

As per a report from Dutch outlet Voetbal International, Liverpool have set their sights on Malen’s signature.

Not only that, but it is suggested that the soon-to-be dethroned Premier League champions are at the front of the queue for the PSV star, who is expected to depart the Philips Stadion ahead of next season.

Jurgen Klopp’s interest in luring Malen to Anfield makes sense, with the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino having looked short of their best across much of the campaign to date, and the Dutch international capable of lining out anywhere across a front-3.

Whether a summer deal is actually forthcoming, though, of course remains to be seen.

 

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 33 45 77
2 Manchester United FC 32 29 66
3 Leicester City FC 32 21 59
4 Chelsea FC 32 19 55
5 West Ham United FC 32 11 55
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 33 18 53
7 Liverpool FC 32 16 53
8 Everton FC 31 3 49
9 Arsenal FC 32 8 46
10 Leeds United 32 0 46
11 Aston Villa FC 31 9 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 32 -9 41
13 Crystal Palace FC 31 -19 38
14 Southampton FC 32 -18 36
15 Newcastle United FC 32 -18 35
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 32 -5 34
17 Burnley FC 32 -19 33
18 Fulham FC 33 -18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 32 -34 24
20 Sheffield United FC 32 -39 14
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Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 15
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Lingard, Jesse West Ham United FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 9




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