Liverpool are making plans to make a serious splash to sign an attacking superstar this summer, according to a transfer expert.
A dire run of form for since Christmas has seen their Premier League title defence crumble. It’s also led some critics to suggest the squad needs refreshing. Their ageing squad, together with their heavy workload over the last three years, means their best is behind them, claim some theorists.
Indeed, 12 of his current squad are 28 or over. Nine of these are considered core players. Only Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones their only senior players under that age.
And only two – Thiago Alcantara and Jota – of Liverpool’s last six major transfers could be classed as likely first-team starters.
Klopp, however, has distanced claims that Liverpool are in need of a major summer rebuild. That said, reports on Wednesday claimed the Reds, led by sporting director Michael Edwards, could offload up to 16 names this summer.
Now Duncan Castles of the Transfer Window Podcast has some exciting news for Liverpool fans.
He reports that Liverpool have significant funds to sign a big-name attacker. Furthermore, he says work behind the scene has already started on this.
“My information is that Liverpool have a budget to sign a striker, who can also play wide, in the summer window and it’s a substantial budget,” Castles said.
“They’re looking for a player of similar type to Mo Salah.
“Now, I’m not saying that means Salah is leaving, I’m just saying that Liverpool are doing the proprietary work to sign a player of his type.”
Quite whom that striker would be remains a mystery, though those with ideas of grandeur will hope for Kylian Mbappe.
One thing that does seem certain is that a move for Erling Haaland looks to be off the table. That’s after reports of the scarily-high salary the Norwegian wanted off suitors Manchester City came to light.
Salah sends mixed message over future
Salah, meanwhile, has not exactly dismissed claims that a move away from Anfield could occur this summer.
Discussing his impending reunion with Sergio Ramos, Salah insisted much of his future depended on others.
While he clearly believes in his own team ahead of the Madrid match-up, Salah continues to be linked with a move to La Liga himself.
Asked what he wants to achieve for the rest of his career, the 28-year-old revealed a simple but ambitious target.
“I hope to be doing the same thing that I’ve been doing in recent years,” he said. “Winning trophies, scoring goals, helping my team win trophies… That’s the most important thing for me.”
He was then pressed about whether he could see himself at another club.
“It’s not up to me. We’ll see what happens but I prefer not to talk about that now.”
And questioned further about whether he could end up in La Liga, he gave a response that may worry Liverpool.
“I hope to be able to play for many more years. Why not?
“No one knows what’s going to happen in the future, so… maybe one day, yes.”
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