As perhaps expected, this has been a quiet transfer window for many clubs, however, with not long remaining there could be a flurry of late activity. Often it only takes one major move to trigger a domino effect and with a number of relatively concrete rumours doing the rounds, there could be quite a few of those.
Liverpool, who have started the season well, have made only one signing this summer; centre back Ibrahima Konate joining from RB Leipzig for £36 million. However, they have seen a number of players depart, including Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and most notably Georginio Wijnaldum leaving on a free transfer to PSG.
Talented with the ball at his feet, Ocampos would represent a quality signing for Liverpool and certainly a player who could get Reds fans out of their seats, especially given his prolific goalscoring record. At 27, the player is approaching the peak of his career and a move to a big Premier League club, capable of challenging for major honours might just appeal. He would though, likely command a sizeable price with the player being under contract until 2024.
In addition to Ocampos, it is understood that the Reds have scouted Euro 2020 star Mikkel Damsgaard who impressed for Denmark in the summer. It is understood that the club’s interest has become more serious over the last week and a move may well materialise for the Sampdoria playmaker.
Finally, Ajax central midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is also understood to be on the club’s radar. At 19, the player is considered to be a prodigious talent with a bright future and could be a natural heir to Fabinho in the holding midfield role. Any transfer though is likely to cost Liverpool in the region of £25 million, which for a 19-year-old at this stage, given the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, could be too much of a gamble.
Which of these players makes more sense?
Given that Liverpool are relatively well-stocked on the wing, with Sadio Mane, Mohammad Salah and Diego Jota, a move for Ocampos, despite his obvious quality and talent, could be too much of a luxury at this stage.
Where the Reds have appeared light for at least a couple of seasons (despite winning the Premier League during the 2019/20 campaign), is in the creative midfield berth and even more so now that Wijnaldum has left. While the Dutchman took up this role, compared to Damsgaard, he isn’t a natural – more of a box-to-box player.
Should the Reds land Damsgaard, it would give them an extra cutting edge, particularly their ability to create goalscoring chances from central areas with penetrative passes, though the Dane can if necessary also play from the left-wing.
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