Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp have enquired about PSV attacker Johan Bakayoko as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the new season, it has been reported.
Previously linked with Burnley, Bakayoko is a left-footed right winger who has already racked up 4 caps for Belgium at just 20-years-old. Though he has been with PSV since the age of 16, he gained his regular spot in the first team midway through last season, when Noni Madueke left for Chelsea in the January transfer window.
With 10 goal contributions in just over 1200 Eredivisie minutes last season, the youngster has caught the eye of clubs across Europe, and Liverpool are thought to be the latest to have shown interest.
Klopp’s side are focused on recruiting in midfield as things stand, but will also need to identify a long-term replacement for Mohamed Salah, who has been subject to signficant offers from Saudi Arabia and who, now 31 years-old, cannot keep going forever.
The Egyptian was replaced by youngster Ben Doak in their Premier League opener against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and the club have high hopes for the talented Scot, but more cover may be needed.
To that end, reports in the Netherlands claim that the Reds have made an enquiry over Bakayoko, who has also caught the eye of European giants Paris Saint Germain and Napoli this summer, as well as Premier League outfit Burnley.
PSG made an offer of 15m euros in January, but were swiftly rejected, and it is thought that any bid would have to be significantly larger than this to persuade them to part with the gem this summer, with claims that a move would cost in excess of 30m euros.
Meanwhile, Bakayoko is happy at PSV, and is not expecting to move this summer, though interest from Premier League giants may change that.