Villarreal of Spain attacker, Arnaut Danjuma has gained more transfer attention and the possibility of a new deal in England in the coming year, following his remarkable performance against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.
That development has brought about the strong possibility of Danjuma leaving Super Eagles' winger, Samuel Chukwueze behind at The Yellow Submarine, though he only joined the Spanish LaLiga outfit this summer.
Although Danjuma could not save his side from losing the game 2-1 away to The Red Devils, he ended the night with a personal edge above all others on his side and that reportedly attracted transfer attention from Liverpool of England.
Dramatically, the Nigerian-born lad was award man of the match after the game on Wednesday, though it was Cristiano Ronaldo's winner in five minutes of added time at the death, that made a world of difference in a tie that saw Danjuma enact outstanding form from beginning to end.
That could now jolly well open a new lease of life for the former Club Brugge of Belgium and Bournemouth of England hitman, whose run of goals last season in the English Championship could not earn The Cherries promotion.
He remains undaunted, though, and his spirited efforts at Old Trafford not only created a buzz among fans of The Yellow Submarine, they also impressed scouts of Liverpool scouts, who are in the stands for the UEFA Champions League fixture.
The Reds' interest in Danjuma is said to be based on their plans to get a replacement for Sadio Mane, who could be on his way in the next couple of years and Liverpool's coach, Jürgen Klopp views him as a possible successor to Sadio Mane.
A report by leading Belgian publication, Voetbal International revealed that Klopp sees the Nigerian-born Netherlands’ youth international as a direct replacement for Mane, and they have now placed the 24-year-old winger on their radar for a deal next year.
The 29-year-old Mane appears in the last stage of his days at Anfield, as his contract with Liverpool will run out in 2023, ahead of which The Reds do not want to be caught off guard should the Senegalese ace opt to move on instead of extending his stay.
With the possibility of the Senegalese star deciding to seek pasture new at the end of his current contract, Liverpool’s hierarchy and siding with Klopp in the search for a long-term replacement and they have now cast their tentacles squarely on Danjuma as a viable option.
Having also tracked him while he was at Bournemouth, Liverpool are said to be tinkering with the possibility of a January move for Danjuma, who has netted three goals in six matches across the Spanish LaLiga and Champions League.
It is now left to be seen if they will get him to step into the big shoes of Mane, who has been one of the key components in Liverpool’s front-three, while also having helped the club win their sixth Champions League title and end their 30-year long wait for the EPL gong under Klopp.
Incidentally, the Senegalese international was been linked with a move to Real Madrid of Spain and, considering that he has just two years remaining on his contract, options are already being considered by Klopp if the African Footballer of The Year eventually leaves.
The search for an alternative ha now narrowed down to Danjuma, who joined Bournemouth from Club Brugge in 2019, but initially struggled to cope with the demands of English football and he could not score or assisting any goal in his 14 EPL appearances.
However, Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship two seasons ago saw him become a hot property, as he scored 17 goals and assisted eight in all competitions during the campaign gone by, but The Cherries’ failure to win promotion led to his exit in the summer.
They were left with no alternative but to cash in the Netherlands international, who then sealed a £21m summer move to Villarreal, where he has enjoyed a bright start to his tenure, with three goals in six games across all competitions.
That has attracted Liverpool’s attention, especially with Mane and Roberto Firmino not at their best for the last 15 months and Mohammed Salah set to turn 30 in June 2022, thereby leaving pundits wondering what Klopp will do to freshen up his attacking options next summer.
Danjuma is now the lad on lips to fill in the gap, and a citation for him stated in part: "Primarily a left-winger, Danjuma is adept at operating down the right, through the middle or as a secondary striker, and such versatility would only appeal to Klopp."
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