Liverpool ‘planning £50m double Hoffenheim raid’

Liverpool 'planning £50m double Hoffenheim raid'

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Liverpool are reportedly considering a double swoop for Hoffenheim duo Christoph Baumgartner and David Raum in the summer transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side are still fighting for success on four fronts this season after securing their spot in the Champions League final with a thrilling comeback win over Villarreal on Tuesday.

The Reds have already claimed the EFL Cup and advanced to the FA Cup final – where they will meet Chelsea next month – but Manchester City remain one point clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Transfer business is expected to be at the back of Klopp’s mind while his team set out to complete an unprecedented quadruple, but the squad could still undergo a shake-up ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

Mohamed Salah‘s contract situation is yet to be sorted out, while fringe defenders such as Joe Gomez and Kostas Tsimikas are both being linked with summer exits.

Kostas Tsimikas warms up for Liverpool on March 7, 2021

Should the latter depart amid reports of Juventus preparing a summer bid, German outlet Sport Bild – via Sport Witness – claims that Hoffenheim left-back Raum is a name on the Reds’ radar.

The 24-year-old arrived at Hoffenheim on a free transfer from Greuther Furth in the summer of 2021 and has impressed in his debut season with three goals and 13 assists in 30 Bundesliga matches.

Only Thomas Muller has set up his teammates more times in the 2021-22 Bundesliga than Raum, who signed a new deal at the club earlier this year to keep him on until the summer of 2026.

The five-cap Germany international is still expected to be in high demand, though, with the German outlet adding that he possesses a €30m (£25.5m) release clause in his contract.

However, Liverpool are understood to be one of six clubs vying for Raum’s signature, and the Reds are likely to step up their pursuit if Tsimikas is lured away from the club.

Hoffenheim's Christoph Baumgartner celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on March 12, 2022

Meanwhile, Baumgartner has now tallied a century of appearances for Hoffenheim since joining their youth setup in 2017, and the 22-year-old has banked 22 goals and 14 assists in that stretch.

Baumgartner has netted six times in 27 Bundesliga games for the club this season – one behind joint top-scorers Georginio Rutter and Ihlas Bebou – and he has also proven himself to be a versatile player for Austria, featuring on the left, right or through the middle for his national team.

A separate report from Bild claims that Baumgartner would also be available for a reasonable figure of £25m due to his release clause in his contract, which does not expire until 2025.

However, Manchester United, Leicester City and Sevilla are also being linked with moves for the playmaker, who has six goals and two assists to his name from 19 games for the Austria national team.

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Liverpool ‘planning £50m double Hoffenheim raid’

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