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Bayern Munich 'clear favorite' to sign exciting playmaker linked with Liverpool

Forzan Ouédraogo of Shalke had been linked to Liverpool but could go to Bayern Munich.
-Credit: (Image: 2023 Getty Images)


Liverpool is likely to make several signings this summer. Despite a good season in which the Reds won the Carabao Cup and maintained a title challenge deep into the final stretch, ultimately finishing third in the Premier League, the club still needs to make a couple of astute additions in order to strengthen ahead of next season.

Moreover, with Arne Slot as the new manager, the Dutchman will no doubt want to bring in one or two signings in order to help Liverpool hit the ground running in 2024/25. Yet the club doesn't need a massive amount of tinkering, just some tweaks to reinforce certain areas and provide more competition to players already in the starting XI.

New sporting director Richard Hughes may make some signings for the future, talents who who aren't ready for the first team yet but could push for a spot in a couple of years. This is a formula used by many of the European heavyweights, and one Liverpool itself used with Harvey Elliott, loaning him out to Blackburn before ultimately integrating him into the first team. Elliott has since gone on to become one of Liverpool's brightest players — but that formula seemingly won't be repeating in the case of one of the continent's exciting talents.

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Assan Ouédraogo had been linked with a move to Liverpool earlier in the season. Currently at Schalke, the German midfielder has impressed in the Bundesliga 2, making 17 appearances and scoring three times. Injury ruled him out for a large chunk of the campaign, but he is clearly a talent for the future.

Fabrizio Romano had stated that Liverpool was interested in signing Ouédraogo back in October 2023, along with Milan and Bayern Munich: “Assan Ouédraogo – There have been reports about Liverpool being keen on Schalke youngster Assan Ouédraogo, and yes it’s true that Liverpool like him but it’s the same for Bayern Munich and AC Milan,” Romano said.

It seems now, however, that he won't be joining Liverpool or Milan, as Romano is now suggesting that Ouédraogo is close to joining Bayern. According to Romano, negotiations are at an 'advanced' stage and Bayern could send the player on loan back to Schalke next season for another campaign in Bundesliga 2.

Schalke finished 10th in the German second tier in 2023/24. Another season for Ouédraogo, 18, would likely allow him to mature and develop as a player.

Liverpool.com says: Ouédraogo is still only a teenager and staying in Germany is likely the best thing for his development as a player, so it's probably the right decision. Moreover, Liverpool most likely would've done the same thing Bayern intends to do: send him on loan to gain experience. It'll be interesting to see how he develops over the next couple of years.