Arne Slot suffers first Liverpool transfer blow as midfielder 'agrees' £25m Premier League move

Arne Slot speaking to Feyenoord midfielder Mats Wieffer.
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Liverpool head coach Arne Slot looks set to be handed his first transfer disappointment as Brighton & Hove Albion reportedly close in on Mats Wieffer.

Dutch outlet De Telegraaf reported on Thursday that the Reds were making a last-ditch attempt to land the midfielder. Despite seemingly headed for a move to the AMEX Stadium, it has been claimed that there have been "desperate" attempts from Merseyside to lure him to the North West.

However, it appears that their efforts will be in vain as he closes in on a move to the Premier League. Slot knows the 24-year-old well having worked alongside the midfielder during their time at Feyenoord, after the new Reds boss signed Wieffer from Excelsior and handed him his debut in the Eredivisie as well as the Champions League and Europa League.

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De Telegraaf reported that the club have a verbal agreement with Fabian Hürzeler's side worth £25million (€30m) plus add-ons. It was later reaffirmed when Fabrizio Romano tweeted on Thursday that the Seagulls have agreed a deal with the Dutch Cup holders after an agreement on personal terms was reached.

Slot has previously lauded his former midfielder and tipped the 24-year-old to become one of the best midfielders in the world. He said: "Mats Wieffer has made a mega leap in terms of development. I can really enjoy that.

"So big that, if he does that again, he will become the best player in the world. That is, of course, unrealistic for any footballer. But Mats can get even better."

The 45-year-old will meet the assembled media on Friday (July 5) at 11am as he will be officially unveiled as Liverpool head coach. The Feyenoord tactician was tasked with succeeding Jurgen Klopp after the German's departure at the end of last season.

"I did the same in my former clubs when I started over there," said Slot of speaking with Klopp in his first interview with official club channels.

"But I think if someone worked at a club for nine years and been so successful, you want to know all about it from him and you also want to know things of the players – although I think it is also important to get my own opinion about that.

"So, you can only use all this information he has because he did so well, not only in terms of results but I think also everybody saw in his farewell but also in the years before that how popular he was.

"He gave me more than a few good tips but I think what stood out for me was that he was so happy for me and that – and I think he said this in the media as well – he would be my biggest fan from now on because he supports Liverpool in the best possible way, and you don't see this very often. So, it says a lot about his character, the way he handled this situation as well."