Liverpool receives worst possible news over Arne Slot's top transfer target as PSG enters race

ROTTERDAM - (l-r) Feyenoord coach Arne Slot, Lutsharel Geertruida of Feyenoord during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Feyenoord and Excelsior Rotterdam at Feyenoord Stadium de Kuip on May 19, 2024 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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It might soon be easier to list the Feyenoord players who haven’t been linked with a move to Liverpool rather than those that have. It was inevitable that the rumor mill would be ripe with stories of this nature this summer.

With Arne Slot switching Rotterdam for Liverpoolsimilar cities, as he noted in his first club interview – his now former players were always going to be linked with following suit. Arguably his most trusted lieutenant, and certainly the most used footballer in his managerial career, is Lutsharel Geertruida.

The 23-year-old defender added more fuel to the transfer gossip fire by posting on social media that he was among Reds fans for the 2-2 draw at West Ham in April. It will take more than that to convince Richard Hughes to sign Geertruida, of course, but if Liverpool is interested then it may need to move quickly. It has been reported that Paris Saint-Germain is eyeing a move for the Feyenoord man.

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According to PSG Talk, the club’s right back Nordi Mukiele doesn’t have a future in the French capital. The outlet states PSG will be looking to find a player who can vie with Achraf Hakimi for the right-back slot.

The Feyenoord captain could be that man. A story from Foot Mercato states that he has the qualities that Paris Saint-Germain is looking for in a full-back. Geertruida was close to joining RB Leipzig last year, and although that move fell through, links to the likes of Liverpool and PSG suggest his exit from Feyenoord is unlikely to be too far in the future.

Whether he ends up on Merseyside or not, his versatility makes clear why he would be pursued by numerous clubs. Primarily a right-back, Geertruida has almost 100 career appearances at center-back and has also played defensive midfield and at left-back in the past. While that makes him sound a little like Joe Gomez, his FBRef scouting report includes the likes of Kyle Walker, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ezri Konsa as players with whom he shares statistical similarities.

Having played him in 127 matches across six different competitions, it’s safe to assume Slot is a fan of Geertruida. The Reds’ new head coach will not enjoy seeing him linked with a move to the French capital if he wishes to reunite with the Netherlands international once he is finished at Euro 2024. says: The stars were aligning for Geertruida to follow Slot from Feyenoord to Liverpool. The interest of PSG could throw a sizeable spanner in those works. We will continue to follow this saga with great interest but it does appear that Slot will look to bolster his back line.