Liverpool's rivals 'in talks' for transfer of player Arne Slot tipped to be 'best in world'

Liverpool head coach Arne Slot
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Brighton is reportedly set to offer competition to Liverpool for a player Arne Slot previously tipped to become the best player in the world.

The Reds are yet to make a signing since the transfer window opened, although work has been taking place behind the scenes. Talks over a potential move for Anthony Gordon broke down last week, although it has been suggested the Newcastle winger’s head has been turned by the interest.

There has been no shortage of names being linked with Liverpool, and inevitably many of those have worked previously under Slot. Among the raft of Feyenoord stars being touted for reunion with their former boss is Mats Wieffer.

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The 24-year-old has been a major part of Slot’s success over the last couple of years, having made the move to Rotterdam in 2022. Since then, he has helped Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title and KNVB Cup, and is now being linked with a move to the Premier League.

Liverpool is said to be interested, although the Reds could face a battle with Brighton. According to HITC, the Seagulls are in talks to sign Wieffer, although they are likely to face plenty of competition elsewhere besides Liverpool.

Brentford, Fulham and Aston Villa are also said to be interested from the Premier League. Elsewhere, Napoli, AC Milan and Atalanta are said to be eyeing him up, as is former Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi at his new club Marseille.

Arne Slot has tipped Mats Wieffer to become the 'best player in the world'
Arne Slot has tipped Mats Wieffer to become the 'best player in the world' -Credit:Getty Images

That could be a bitter blow for Slot, who has spoken glowingly about Wieffer previously, and even tipped him to reach the very top in world football.

“Mats Wieffer has made a mega leap in terms of development. I can really enjoy that,” Slot told Voetbal International earlier this year.

“So big that, if he does that again, he will become the best player in the world. That is of course unrealistic, for any footballer. But Mats can get even better.” says: If Wieffer really is as good as Slot thinks he is, then it’s probably about time Liverpool made its move. The fact that he’s a defensive midfielder means he could be exactly what the Reds need this summer.

The report suggests he’s valued at around $28m (£22m/€26m), which would be well within Liverpool’s capabilities. It will be interesting to see whether Slot still rates him highly enough to task Richard Hughes with securing his signature this summer.