PSV Eindhoven have given want-away duo Denzel Dumfries and Donyell Malen permission to speak to other clubs with Everton and Liverpool linked with the Euro 2020 stars, as reported by Voetbal International.
Would it be premature to crown Ajax 2021/22 Eredivisie champions already?
Perhaps it is but with a PSV side that finished 16 points adrift of Erik ten Hag’s all-conquering side set to lose their two best players, don’t be surprised to see Dusan Tadic and co swigging champagne at the Johan Cruyff Arena yet again 11 months from now.
Dumfries, the bullet-train right-back, became a firm favourite of every Fantasy Football player during Euro 2020, bringing his rampaging, all-action style to the international stage with two goals in the group stage.
PSV teammate Malen took a little longer to get going but ended the tournament as the Netherlands’ number one centre-forward, combining brilliantly with Memphis Depay and Gini Wijnaldum while relegating Wout Weghorst to the bench.
Dumfries is now a target for Everton, according to ED, while arch rivals Liverpool are willing to pay the £22 million required to bring one-time Arsenal youngster Malen back to the Premier League (Gazzetta dello Sport).
And, given that even the Eredivisie’s biggest clubs operate on a sign low, sell high basis, PSV won’t stand in their way should Malen and Dumfries be offered a chance to take their games elsewhere.
Are Donyell Malen and Denzel Dumfries heading for Liverpool and Everton?
Voetbal International claims the striker and full-back have been given permission to talk to clubs outside the Netherlands.
However, Liverpool and Everton won’t have it all their own way.
A Dortmund side under pressure to replace Manchester-bound Jadon Sancho have also been linked with Malen, while Dumfries could take Achraf Hakimi’s place at Inter Milan.
“That’s how it goes in football, especially at PSV. We lose one or two good players every year,” PSV coach Roger Schmidt said last week.
“It has been clear to me for some time that Donyell and Denzel are likely to leave. If they do stay, that’s great. But we have to prepare ourselves (for the reality) that we will have to play without both next season.”