In what may be a magnificent turn of events, Liverpool is reportedly ready to accept Mohamed Salah’s offer during the same transfer window as Sadio Mane’s departure.
With Real Madrid strongly linked after passing over Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, club owners FSG are set to profit on Salah as he enters the final year of his contract at Anfield.
It is believed that a bid worth £60 million will persuade Liverpool to sell the 30-year-old forward. So on the off event that Salah completes a major transfer away this summer, who might the Reds ever look at to replace him? Express Sport considers four alternatives.
While Barcelona fights to control the cost of Raphinha this summer, London rivals Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur are engaged in a transfer battle over him. The Brazilian winger is likewise left-footed and works on a similar flank as Salah, so a Liverpool approach would check out.
Raphinha is thought to be valued at around £65 million by Leeds, which Salah’s deal would eventually help to offset. In any case, Liverpool may need to act quickly to lure him away from Elland Road given that he had previously been courted by three or four elite Premier League clubs.
Regardless of whether Salah stays, Liverpool may decide to make a move on July 1 when Marco Asensio appears ready to leave Real Madrid as a free agent. The 26-year-old is another left-footer who plays his position of preference on the right and would typically succeed Salah if he were to depart Merseyside in a year.
Asensio exhibits versatility that would appeal to Klopp; he is capable of playing both on the left and in offensive midfield. In the unlikely event that he does, in fact, become available on a free transfer in one week, Liverpool may see a great opportunity for a fair/high-sense deal.
In order to support their fourfold offer, Liverpool signed one of Porto’s stars in January. This summer, they may visit Lisbon once more. Otavio is right-footed, but he typically attacks from the right and is also prepared to cover from the left.
The 27-year-old, who scored three goals and provided 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season, is an artistic winger but lacks the goal-scoring ability that Salah possesses. Otavio is a solid choice on all fronts.
Liverpool might join Arsenal in the pursuit if Serge Gnabry becomes available this summer. The 26-year-contract old’s negotiations with Bayern Munich have slowed down, and his background competing at the highest level with a cultivated winning mindset would undoubtedly make him an appealing decision.
Hasan Salihamidzic, the manager of Bayern, has said that the team is struggling to find Gnabry a new contract. We will have more discussions over the course of the ensuing two weeks, he declared. In any event, if you want to choose for the club, it makes sense to let us know so we can come up with a solution that pleases everyone.