With the agent of the Werder Bremen star all but confirming his summer departure to a higher level club, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see the Red’s name in the mix for Milot Rashica. LFC Transfer Room writer Leo Rutherford takes a look at the Kosovo superstar and the possibility of joining the Anfield side.
Whilst featuring in a side that seems extremely likely to be playing 2. Bundesliga football next season, the 23-year-old attacker has massively caught the eye of potential buyers. With 7 goals and 4 assists in 20 matches, the Kosovar hotshot was competing with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in the year of 2019 in terms of minutes-per-goal, as he revealed himself as one of the Bundesliga’s new talents following his move from Vitesse.
Both agent and Milot himself have signalled that a summer transfer for his services seems imminent, with a number of clubs interested. In an interview with SID last month, Rashica stated: ‘One day I would like to compete with the best players in the world regularly and play Champions League every year’. Altin Lala, the agent of the Bremen forward, has refused to give details on the clubs who are interested, but insists that he believes that a deal will be done in the near future.
Even the president of Kosovo’s Football Federation has this week confirmed that the Reds are among the potential suitors for Milot Rashica, quoted saying: “There are many requests for him [Rashica]. I know that Liverpool in the Premier League want him, but also Leipzig in the Bundesliga. I am sure that he will be advised in the best way to make his decision.”
With a price tag as little as £13m potentially being on the table (depending on his team’s relegation fight), an approach for the versatile attacker may seem too good to turn down for Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards. Last season, the Reds struck gold by activating the cheap £13m release clause of Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who was also approached by Liverpool following his former team’s relegation.
According to SPORTBILD, the current runaway favourite destinations for the Kosovar talisman are RB Leipzig, Liverpool and Southampton. Whether the fee is £13m, £33m or potentially higher if the release clause isn’t activated before the 15th of June, the likes of Klopp and Nagelsmann will find it difficult to end their interest in Milot Rashica.
With the potential African Cup of Nations tournament and the lack of output from the likes of Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino when deployed out wide, it seems clear that a versatile forward will be on Liverpool’s radar. At the moment, Liverpool’s transfer plans for the summer window seem to be unclear, as the financial implications of the COVID-19 outbreak could be catastrophic on English sides in particular.
In the current Bundesliga campaign, which is set to be returning on the 16th of May, Rashica has featured as a striker, attacking midfielder and left winger, as his fantastic talent can be utilised in multiple areas of the pitch. However, Milot’s goalscoring output seems to be the most effective on the left, as he has provided 4 goals and 3 assists in 9 matches in that position this season.
Whether it’s the Werder Bremen star or Timo Werner who the league leaders step up their pursuit for, a solution is most definitely needed for the African Cup of Nations tournament, which will leave the Reds without main men Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané for a prolonged period of time. The period in early 2017 where Liverpool coped horrendously without Sadio Mané due to his national team efforts will still be fresh in the minds of Liverpool’s hierarchy, as their season was derailed with defeats to the likes of Hull City and Southampton.
If a deal is struck for the player in question, then he will be added to the list of players such as Joel Matip, Loris Karius, Naby Keita, Ragnar Klavan and Roberto Firmino, who have been snapped up in recent years from Jurgen Klopp’s homeland.