Liverpool to hijack another Arsenal target for deal: report

Liverpool to beat Arsenal to target: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a training session at AXA Training Centre on January 05, 2023 in Kirkby, England.
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Liverpool could trump Arsenal to another attacker that they've extensively been linked with, heaping more transfer frustration on the table-toppers.

The Gunners were left empty-handed in the pursuit of their priority target this month, when Mykhaylo Mudryk opted to sign for Chelsea for an astronomical £88 million instead of making the expected move to north London. 

Now, as Liverpool target new blood in their tired squad, they too could hand a blow to Arsenal in the market by signing Jesper Lindstrom, who Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of. 

Mykhaylo Mudryk applauds while being introduced to the fans on the pitch at half time during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on January 15, 2023 in London, England.

Mykhaylo Mudryk applauds while being introduced to the fans on the pitch at Stamford Bridge (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

According to a report from Tipsbladet (opens in new tab), as cited and translated by Sport Witness (opens in new tab), the Danish star is on the radar for manager Jurgen Klopp, who wants to improve his squad this month.

The report notes too that though the Eintracht Frankfurt star is contracted until 2026, he's apparently a big Liverpool fan, making any deal that little bit more likely. 

As long ago as September, however, German outlet, Bild (opens in new tab) linked the 22-year-old with a move to the Gunners. His ability to play in a variety of attacking positions would be hugely beneficial to either Klopp or Arteta. 

Liverpool's midfield this season has been a serious worry, despite Fabinho, Stefan Bajcetic, Curtis Jones, Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, Arthur Melo, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho all remaining options in the centre of the park. 

Jesper Lindstrom, Eintracht Frankfurt

Jesper Lindstrom in action for Eintracht Frankfurt (Image credit: Getty Images)

Arsenal may have dropped their interest now that they are pursuing Leandro Trossard of Brighton – while Liverpool have been linked with a host of midfielders and attackers themselves, including Trossard and Brighton team-mates Moises Caiceddo and Alexis Mac Allister. 

Lindstrom is valued at €28m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Arsenal are considering re-signing Yunus Musah, while Cody Gakpo was an option, too – Joao Felix emerged as a potential superstar signing at the Emirates Stadium, too.

Mikel Arteta has admitted the Gunners are looking for new signings, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic having been linked. Gabriel Martinelli's contract situation is being watched by Barcelona, meanwhile.

Moises Caicedo could be one of two Brighton midfielders heading to Merseyside: the Reds are said to be in a four-way race to sign Alexis Mac Allister, with three European sides also reportedly keen on the Argentine World Cup winner.

Liverpool are also thought to be working on a £44m summer deal for Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes, while they could go head-to-head with Tottenham for for Sofyan Amrabat, who starred for Morocco at Qatar 2022. In other news, recent Anfield arrival Cody Gakpo has revealed that compatriot Virgil van Dijk influenced his decision to join the Reds.

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Mark White
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.