Liverpool 'plot' £10m transfer bargain for Arne Slot favourite amid shock exit claims

Justin Bijlow of Feyenoord, coach Arne Slot of Feyenoord, Diederik Boer of PEC Zwolle during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between Feyenoord v PEC Zwolle at the Stadium Feijenoord on May 5, 2024 in Rotterdam Netherlands.
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Arne Slot could be set for an immediate reunion with a Feyenoord star as the new Liverpool boss eyes his first transfer. Earlier this week, the Dutchmen was officially confirmed as the Merseyside club's Jurgen Klopp successor following an emotional farewell after the win against Wolves at Anfield last weekend.

As such, a new era at Liverpool is set to begin from the 2024/25 season with a number of big decisions already facing Slot. Some of those will be based around keeping star players with Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Alisson all linked with a potential exit.

Last summer, Klopp began a needed rebuild with numerous midfield additions made which will undoubtedly help Slot in first campaign at the club. Talk of Salah and Alexander-Arnold leaving increased alongside Klopp's impending departure however it now looks as though will both stay at Liverpool.

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Meanwhile, Alisson is reportedly attracting big-money interest from Saudi Arabia and it is also difficult to imagine back-up option Caoimhin Kelleher remains at the club for much longer. With that in mind, suggestions a new goalkeeper will arrive this summer have emerged with one option appearing obvious, especially for Slot.

According to reports in the Netherlands, Liverpool are interested in signing Feyenoord shot-stopper Justin Bijlow. The 26-year-old has also recently emerged as a target for Arsenal, as per the Telegraph, but the advantage could certainly be with Liverpool considering the link to Slot.

Manchester United attempted to sign the Netherlands international last summer but were priced out of a move, however that does not look set to be an issue at Anfield 12 months on. Injury problems and his contract predicament have seen a price tag in the region of £10million be mooted with that certainly a bargain for Liverpool if they opt to strike.

Bijlow has previously talked up Slot and his time at Feyenoord. "When the coach came, we had a completely different philosophy at the club," Bijlow told De Telegraaf in April.

"Playing football from behind was not our thing. The professionalism, and everything surrounding it, has improved a lot. [Slot has] played a large part in that. It's a shame for our club [if Slot leaves]. But just like with a player, you also give him a nice step because he has done so well."