Liverpool target Pierre-Michel Lasogga keen on England switch

Two other Premier League clubs want to sign Lasogga from Hamburg. Now his mother has revealed in an interview that her son has always wanted to play in England.

Despite Hamburg’s disappointing season and the possibilities of still being relegated to the second division, they have two players in their squad who achieved a breakthrough this year.

One of them is Hakan Calhanoglu, who is on the list of several European top clubs, and the other one is the central striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

Lasogga, who is the step son of the former Bundesliga goalkeeper Oliver Reck, was the most efficient striker of this Bundesliga season with 13 goals in 20 matches, which means an average of 0.65 goals per match. In this category he’s even above the two top strikers Lewandowski (0.61) and Mandzukic (0.6).

Unfortunately Lasogga was injured for a couple of weeks during the season which is why he only played 20 matches for the North German team. However, he showed enough quality in these matches, so that a couple of German and international teams are now interested in signing him.

In an interview with the German newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost Lasogga’s mother and advisor Kerstin Lasogga revealed where her son would like to play in the future.

“Everyone who knows Pierre knows, that he has always dreamed of England.”

The same newspaper mentioned that especially Liverpool and Tottenham are interested in the athletic striker. Sky Sports added also Newcastle to the list of the Premier League clubs that seek to sign Lasogga.

There is no doubt that the 22-year old striker is one of Germany’s biggest talents in the position and that he has the skills to play a good role in the Premier League. A problem is however, that he is a little bit injury prone, which is why he had also missed most of last season with Hertha Berlin.

Lasogga still belongs to the team from the German capital and is now playing for Hamburg on loan. Berlin already said that they want to have him back next season, because they have already lost their top striker Ramos to Dortmund.

On the other hand Lasogga’s contract with Berlin will end in 2015 and if the club wants to get some money for him, they would have to sell him this summer. Knowing about the interest of several clubs from the league where he had always wanted to play, Lasogga probably won’t extend his contract with Hertha. So a move to the Premier League this summer is not unlikely.

German newspaper Bild has now reported that the highly indebted Hamburger SV has to obtain €20 million by May 28th in order to receive the licence for the Bundesliga or the second division. The only realistic option to get this amount within the next five weeks would be by selling some of their players.

Unfortunately almost none of them are interesting for other clubs apart from Hakan Calhanoglu who still has a contract until 2018 and therefore would bring sizeable transfer proceeds. Hamburg’s current financial problems makes it therefore more realistic that they will have to sell Calhanoglu at the end of this season.

However, Liverpool and Arsenal shouldn’t be too optimistic about purchasing him this summer. Bektas Demirtas, the advisor of the 20-year old free kick specialist, revealed in an interview with the newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost which club has currently the best chances of signing Calhanoglu. “We know about Leverkusen’s interest and Bayer has a big chance. Hakan sees his future in Germany.”

Especially the last sentence could is a blast for Liverpool’s and Arsenal’s hopes of signing the “new Özil”. Apparently the player doesn’t seem to be ready yet to make the big step of playing in another country, which is more than understandable when you consider that he is currently playing his first Bundesliga season and that last year he was still playing with Karlsruhe in Germany’s third division.

So far he has taken the right decisions in his career and at only 20 he has still enough time to play for a top team in the Premier League one day.

Right now it might just be easier and without so much risk to move to a German top club where talents have the perfect environment to develop. Leverkusen is exactly such a club.

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