Liverpool can finally sign star Jurgen Klopp wanted despite ‘terms being agreed’ with rival

Netherlands' defender #22 Denzel Dumfries celebrates with Netherlands' midfielder #20 Teun Koopmeiners
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Liverpool are reportedly leading the race to snatch Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners from under Juventus' nose.

New Liverpool boss Arne Slot is on the hunt for a midfield acquisition, and it appears the Reds are now making moves to secure Koopmeiners ahead of the Old Lady. Despite an agreement between the two Serie A clubs for the Dutchman's signature, Atalanta now seem more inclined to sell Koopmeiners to a club outside of Italy.

Former boss Jurgen Klopp had shown interest in bringing the midfielder to Anfield during his tenure, and this wish could now become a reality if the deal goes through. Koopmeiners, 26, has expressed his desire to leave Bergamo, and when Juventus proposed a £3.5million offer to the player, he was eager to make the move, reports the Mirror.

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However, despite agreeing terms with Juventus, Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) suggests that Liverpool are the favourites to sign him. Atalanta have put the deal on hold since reaching an agreement with the player, hoping to sell Koopmeiners abroad rather than to a direct competitor.

The Italian club values their player at £55million, which could be the only stumbling block if a deal with Liverpool is to be finalised and Koopmeiners makes his Premier League move. Juventus themselves have not agreed on a fee with Atalanta, and it seems unlikely they will match the asking price.

Speaking with Calciomercato, the Netherlands international didn't hide his intention to pursue new challenges. He said: "I told Atalanta that next summer I want to leave. However, something really interesting must present itself in order to leave Bergamo.

"Already last year, there was a concrete interest from Napoli, but in the end, the clubs couldn't find an agreement. My girlfriend and I love life in Italy, but for some clubs in England, I'd be willing to tolerate the rain!

"I hope that options arise that I can reflect on. And I also hope that Atalanta receives a good sum, because I had a wonderful time in Bergamo."

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