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‘Nice to see’ - Koopmeiners reacts to Liverpool transfer links as Atalanta remain reluctant to sell midfielder

14:49 GMT+3 10/01/2023
Teun Koopmeiners Atalanta 2022-23
Teun Koopmeiners admits that transfer links to Liverpool are “nice to see”, but Atalanta intend to fend off any advances from Anfield.
  • Reds eager to reinforce engine room
  • Numerous targets speculated on
  • Dutch star set to remain in Serie A

WHAT HAPPENED? Jurgen Klopp remains in the market for midfield additions with another window now open, with Premier League heavyweights considered to be in need of a major upgrade in that department. Netherlands international Koopmeiners is one of several targets said to be registering on a Merseyside recruitment radar, with the 24-year-old – who represented his country at the 2022 World Cup – pleased to be attracting such interest.

WHAT THEY SAID: Koopmeiners has said of the admiring glances supposedly being shot in his direction: “I saw the links and stories about Liverpool — nice to see that but I’m 100 per cent focused on Atalanta, I’m so happy to play here.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Atalanta chiefs will be delighted to hear that Koopmeiners has no desire to take on a new challenge as the Serie A outfit have no intention of selling. Sporting director Tony D’Amico has told Sky Sport Italia: “There’s nothing concrete with Liverpool: we welcome the interest, but he’s one of our players.” Head coach Gian Piero Gasperini has previously said: “Koopmeiners won't move in January.”

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WHAT NEXT? Koopmeiners moved to Italy from AZ in the summer of 2021 and has taken in 60 appearances for Atalanta, while also earning 15 senior international caps.