Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards plotting £88m double deal which affects Man Utd

Liverpool are reportedly lining up a double swoop on Borussia Monchengladbach for highly-rated duo Denis Zakaria and Marcus Thuram. The pair have both been shining lights in Marco Rose’s side which sits fourth in the Bundesliga, having led the table earlier in the season.

Their performances have attracted the interest of a number of big European clubs this season and it’s little wonder that the pair are both of interest to Liverpool.

Klopp has shown a willingness to return to his homeland in the transfer market since arriving at Anfield, signing the likes of Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan.

While under Brendan Rodgers Liverpool bought Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim.

Now Michael Edwards looks set to raid the Bundesliga this summer with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner also being targeted.

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German outlet Express claim that the Reds are eyeing a double deal for Zakaria and Thuram this summer.

Zakaria is a player who has attracted interest from both Manchester United and Arsenal in recent windows.

The Swiss international has established himself as one of the finest defensive midfielders in Germany this season.

The 6ft 2in powerhouse looks destined to move on in the near future and at the age of just 23 is already showing world-class credentials.

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It’s hard to see where Zakaria would fit into Liverpool’s midfield, given they already have a top class No 6 in Fabinho.

Yet one of the areas Klopp will be looking to strengthen is his squad depth.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss wants to build a second Liverpool team after this one and wants to ensure competition for places remains high.

Adam Lallana will be leaving at the end of the season on the expiry of his contract, meaning there will be one space in midfield.

Liverpool are looking to bring in another forward though, with Werner the club’s top target.

The Reds are set to lose Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to the Africa Cup of Nations next January, meaning they will be short in attack for up to a month.

Thuram could be the man to come in and fill the void, with the Frenchman reportedly being eyed as part of a double swoop.

He has five Bundesliga goals to his name so far this season in 25 outings.

The former Guingamp man is represented by super-agent Mino Raiola.

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