Liverpool have clear incentive to hijack Barcelona transfer with bargain Dani Olmo rival

Xavi Simons
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Liverpool may have not started their summer transfer business but that hasn't stopped them being linked with a host of potential targets.

Arne Slot's first window in charge has plenty to live up to ahead of a season of change. The Reds' first campaign without Jurgen Klopp could go either way and the business in the transfer window will play a big part.

Since the season ended, midfielders and central defenders have been the two main areas of focus by Liverpool. Atalanta duo Teun Koopmeiners and Ederson are both reportedly on their radar with Lille centre-back Leny Yoro tipped to improve their backline.

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Further up the field, attacking midfielder Dani Olmo has been linked with a move to Anfield. The RB Leipzig star is understood to be on the Reds' radar as well as Barcelona with him having a £51m release clause. However, there could be an alternative for Slot.

Xavi Simons is a player who is likely to be on the move this summer. The Netherlands international spent last season on loan at RB Leipzig after rejoining Paris Saint-Germain last summer, contributing to 25 goals in all competitions.

Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester United, Newcastle and Leipzig are all reportedly keen on signing him this summer but Spanish outlet, Mundo Deportivo, has reported that the 21-year-old wants to join Barcelona.

However, Liverpool simply have to consider this move. A talented attacking playmaker with an eye for goal could well be the missing part in Slot's squad. Harvey Elliot and Dominik Szoboszlai are likely to be the preferred number 10s under the new head coach but nothing can be taken for granted before Slot begins working with the squad.

In his single season with PSV Eindhoven, Simons recorded some superb numbers playing slightly behind the striker. In 48 games, he scored 22 and assisted a further 12. That form forced PSG to activate their cheap buy-back clause but a route to Luis Enrique's first team seems far-fetched.

Capable of playing down the middle or on either wing, Simons could be the dream signing for Slot to fuel competition across the forward line. Liverpool haven't been linked with a move for Simons just yet but Slot's links with the Netherlands could see the wheels move. PSG may only accept a temporary exit but that would save the Reds' the £51m on Olmo.