Xavi Simons drops clear transfer hint amid Liverpool links - 'Things have changed'

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - JUNE 21: Xavi Simons of Holland celebrates disallowed 1-0 with Cody Gakpo of Holland, Nathan Aké of Holland  during the EURO match between Holland and France at the Red Bull Arena on June 21, 2024 in Leipzig Germany
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Liverpool continues to be linked with wide forwards. There has been talk that Athletic Club’s Spanish international Nico Williams is in the frame for a move to Anfield this summer, for instance.

Another player reportedly interesting the Reds is Paris Saint-Germain’s Xavi Simons. He spent 2023/24 on loan with RB Leipzig and had an excellent campaign, delivering 10 goals and 13 appearances in all competitions.

TBR Football reported last month that PSG has told Simons that they want him to return to the club despite interest from Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool. While the player has not made it clear that he wishes to leave the Parisiens, his comments after Netherlands drew 0-0 with France on Friday are certainly open to interpretation.

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Simons had a goal disallowed in the match in somewhat controversial circumstances, so it was inevitable journalists were keen to speak to him after full time. And like seemingly every footballer in every interview they give, he was asked about his future.

"I was happy in Paris,” he said. Things have happened. Now, I was in Leipzig this year. We'll see after the Euros,” Simons added.

The player could certainly be forgiven for wanting to lay down some slightly more permanent roots somewhere. Simons spent 2022/23 with PSV Eindhoven – effectively on loan, even though he signed a five-year contract there – meaning he has been with a different club in a different country for each of the last three seasons.

His experience both in the Eredivisie and in international football means he is known to several key figures at Liverpool. This is perhaps best summed up from a match in September 2022, in which Simons assisted Cody Gakpo as PSV Eindhoven beat a Feyenoord side led by Arne Slot.

Gakpo is currently 14th for shared minutes in the ranking of players with whom Simons has featured (per Transfermarkt) and will likely rise if Netherlands go deep into Euro 2024. The youngster has also played alongside Virgil van Dijk at senior level and Ryan Gravenberch with the under-21s, so his links with the Reds are already strong.

Whether they extend to him joining the club remain to be seen. Simons appears unwilling to commit fully to PSG at this point, though, so the speculation is set to rumble along for the rest of the summer. says: Simons is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding his future and refusing to address his plans while he is at the European Championship. It is the same strategy Williams is employing, so his standpoint won't be a shock to Liverpool. A flurry of transfer activity feels likely once the tournament concludes on July 14.