Liverpool submit £27m bid to sign Ajax star

Liverpool have submitted a €30 million (£27m) offer to sign Ajax centre-back Perr Schuurs, according to reports.

The Premier League champions are depleted at the heart of their defence following the long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Reports have claimed that Jurgen Klopp is keen to strengthen in that department and Liverpool are said to have made an approach for Schalke’s Ozan Kabak.

But according to Corriere dello Sport, Liverpool are targeting Schuurs and are already in talks with Ajax.

The report claims that Liverpool have made the transfer a priority and have tabled a €30m (£27m) bid.

Schuurs made his debut for Ajax in October 2018 but has only become a regular at centre-back this season.

The 21-year-old has already faced Liverpool in the Champions League this season.

But speaking earlier this month, Rafael van der Vaart suggested that Schuurs still needs to improve before he considers leaving Ajax.

‘He is being punished internationally, but in the Netherlands you can get away with it,’ said the former Ajax, Real Madrid and Tottenham midfielder.

‘He has developed well, but he also has to get better very quickly in the Champions League.

‘He’s just not ready for that yet.’

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