Liverpool in pole position to hijack Juventus transfer and Jurgen Klopp favorite

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Liverpool is leading the race to snatch Atalanta's Teun Koopmeiners from under Juventus' nose, a player Jurgen Klopp was a fan of.

Liverpool boss Arne Slot is on the hunt for a new midfielder and it appears that the Reds are now making moves to secure Koopmeiners ahead of Juventus. An agreement was in place between the two Italian clubs for the Dutchman's services, but Atalanta now seems more inclined to sell Koopmeiners to a club outside Serie A.

Jurgen Klopp had previously shown interest in bringing the midfielder to Anfield during his tenure, and this could become a reality if the deal goes through. Koopmeiners, 26, has expressed his desire to leave Bergamo, and when Juventus proposed a £3.5million offer, he was eager to make the move.

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Despite agreeing terms with Juventus, Gazzetta dello Sport, as cited by Sport Witness, suggests that Liverpool is the favorite to sign him. Since reaching an agreement with the player, Atalanta has put the deal on hold, hoping to sell Koopmeiners abroad rather than to a direct competitor.

They value their player at $70.5 million, which could be the only stumbling block if a deal with Liverpool is to be finalized and Koopmeiners makes his Premier League move.

Juventus itself has not agreed on a fee with Atalanta, and it seems unlikely that it will be willing to meet Atalanta's asking price. The midfielder expressed his desire for a fresh start during an interview with Calciomercato, stating: "I told Atalanta that next summer I want to leave. However, something really interesting must present itself in order to leave Bergamo.

"Already last year, there was a concrete interest from Napoli, but in the end, the clubs couldn't find an agreement. My girlfriend and I love life in Italy, but for some clubs in England, I'd be willing to tolerate the rain! I hope that options arise that I can reflect on. And I also hope that Atalanta receives a good sum, because I had a wonderful time in Bergamo."