Reported Liverpool transfer target Micky van de Ven has admitted that he could leave Vfl Wolfsburg this summer, acting as a potential boost to the Reds.
While much of the Merseysiders’ transfer focus appears to be on the midfield – Alexis Mac Allister is already in and the likes of Khephren Thuram, Manu Konate and Gabri Veiga have been linked with moves – they could also strengthen at centre-back.
With Virgil van Dijk turning 32 this summer, and doubts remaining over the long-term worth of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, an extra option could make a lot of sense.
It could even be that a left-footed and left-sided central defender is targeted the most, which is where Van de Ven comes into play.
The Wolfsburg defender has been backed to make a move to Anfield recently, with Jurgen Klopp possibly seeing the Dutchman as an ideal option to bolster his squad.
“I’m very comfortable at Wolfsburg, so I don’t mind staying at Wolfsburg for another year. But if I get a chance to leave, I would like to.
“Of course, I read everything myself. I have good contact with my agent, so I know what it’s like. I’ll see where it will lead. Premier League? Maybe, yes. Who knows.”
Our thoughts on Liverpool’s possible move for Van de Ven…
Van de Ven could be a really exciting signing by the Reds, coming in as someone who could be a future regular for Klopp’s side, acting as a long-term replacement for a legendary figure in Van Dijk.
Blessed with quality on the ball and great pace, the Wolfsburg man enjoyed an 88.3% pass completion rate in the Bundesliga last season, as well as averaging 3.1 clearances and 1.4 tackles per game.
The fact that Van de Ven’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2027 could mean that he may not be available on the cheap, but given his ceiling as a defender, he could well be worth the money further down the line, especially as his versatility also allows him to thrive as a left-back.