Highly-rated Dutch youngster Sepp van den Berg is due on Merseyside to undergo a medical with Liverpool ahead of a proposed transfer from PEC Zwolle.
The 6ft 2in 17-year-old centre-back has opted for a move to Liverpool after snubbing the advances of Ajax and Bayern Munich. Sampdoria also tried to land him in January but a £2.25million offer was rebuffed at the time.
It is claimed that Liverpool will pay less than £2million to land Van Den Berg who is considered to be one of the brightest young talents in Dutch football.
Capped half a dozen times by the Netherlands Under 19s, the youngster isn’t expected to be a part of Jürgen Klopp’s immediate first team plans but that doesn’t mean that he can’t impress and be fast-tracked into action. His medical is scheduled for tomorrow assuming everything goes to plan.
Admittedly, without disrespecting Van den Berg who is a genuine talent, most Liverpool supporters will have preferred to be reading that Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt was Anfield bound. The 19-year-old Ajax skipper is wanted by a host of European giants who are currently battling for his signature. KOPTALK sources claim that De Ligt was keen on the idea of linking up with Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool but the Reds are reluctant to break the club’s wage structure for such a young player and as things currently stand, we haven’t stepped up with a firm offer.
De Ligt actually commented towards the end of last year as to the progress that Van Den Berg was making. At the time, he said: “I think he’s a good player and a big talent. I hope he will continue to develop himself.”
Van Den Berg should complete a move to Liverpool but where will De Ligt be playing his football next season? Paris St Germain and Juventus are said to be two clubs who are willing to throw money at a potential deal. Reports originating from Italy over the last few days had stated that Juventus had won the race to sign him but reports today now claim that PSG are willing to blow them out of the water with a far more lucrative personal package.
PSG are reportedly willing to offer De Ligt a basic estimated salary of £9million per season with a further £4.5million in potential bonuses included in their latest offer.
Sadly, it genuinely does sound like De Ligt was up for turning out in the Premier League with Liverpool but it would be a huge outlay for such a young player who would be making the switch to a different country and a far more demanding league. Although frustrating, maybe we just have to trust the manager’s judgement on this. Even Barcelona ended their interest because of the financial demands of the player’s representatives.
Had Klopp landed De Ligt, Liverpool would have certainly seen their Premier League odds shorted. Liverpool’s Premier League campaign starts on Friday 9th August away to Norwich while rivals Manchester City kick off at West Ham on Saturday 10th August. There are plenty of tips for football match betting for the new campaign that you can cast your eyes over before the new season gets underway.
Identifying players like Van den Berg before they become as established (and costly) as De Ligt is extremely important. While fans often turn their noses up at claims of ‘future prospects’ because so many fail to break through, Van den Berg appears to be a genuine talent which means this could turn out to be some shrewd business for the Reds.