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Liverpool intensify Koopmeiners pursuit after shock Thiago Alcantara retirement

Liverpool are set to intensify their pursuit of Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners, according to Italian outlet Tuttojuve.

The Reds have long admired the Dutch international, but the interest is expected to translate into a concrete offer soon.

The Merseysiders have ramped up their interest in Koopmeiners following the shock retirement of Thiago Alcantara.

Alcantara has reportedly decided to hang up his boots after a long battle with hip and knee issues. The 33-year-old Spaniard made only one appearance last season.

Liverpool will be in the market for replacements, and the Atalanta star is a top candidate to succeed Alcantara. However, they face stiff competition from Serie A giants Juventus, who are also keen on Koopmeiners.

Atalanta are reportedly hesitant to sell their prized asset to a direct Serie A rival, potentially opening the door for Liverpool.

Koopmeiners has shone since joining Atalanta in 2021, establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the Italian top flight.

The 26-year-old enjoyed a stellar season last year, contributing 15 goals and seven assists in 51 appearances across all competitions as La Dea won the Europa League.

His performances haven’t gone unnoticed, with several European clubs circling, but Liverpool and Juventus appear to be the frontrunners.

Despite Atalanta’s reservations about selling to Juventus, the Bianconeri remain the favourites for Koopmeiners’ signature.

Liverpool haven’t officially tabled an offer yet, but a hefty fee of around £51 million will be enough to bring him to Anfield.

Manager Arne Slot has a deep and talented midfield, but Koopmeiners would further bolster his options.

Interestingly, Slot managed Koopmeiners at AZ Alkmaar. Their working relationship could be a factor in attracting the Dutchman.

However, Atalanta will only part ways with Koopmeiners for a significant sum. They are in a strong negotiating position as he has one year left on his deal.

The reigning Europa League champions are determined to hold onto their star player, but Liverpool’s interest could force their hand.

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