Rumors have emerged from Spain suggesting that Liverpool is contemplating the prospect of replacing Mohamed Salah with highly-rated Real Madrid winger Rodrygo.
Just last month, Saudi club Al Ittihad had a £150m bid for the Egyptian international rejected, with reports indicating their willingness to offer up to £215m for his services.
Salah, who currently holds the title of Liverpool’s all-time leading Premier League goal scorer, shows no signs of slowing down. He notched an impressive tally of 30 goals and 16 assists last season. The new campaign has also started well for him, having already scored two goals and provided four assists in five games.
Although Liverpool maintains a public stance that Salah is not for sale, Al Ittihad is expected to renew their interest in January. It is undeniable that £215m is a substantial sum of money to turn down for a 31-year-old player.
Reports indicate that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has prepared a shortlist of candidates to replace Salah, should the move to Saudi Arabia materialize.
Recent developments suggest that Rodrygo has emerged as a potential target on Klopp’s radar. However, acquiring the Brazilian winger would not come cheap for Liverpool. According to Spanish reports cited by GOAL, Liverpool is “keen” on securing Rodrygo’s signature as a Salah replacement.
Rodrygo joined Real Madrid in 2019 and has gradually become one of their key players. With 170 appearances across all competitions for Los Blancos, he has scored 38 goals and provided 32 assists.
The versatile winger, who can also operate as a center-forward, has displayed a knack for scoring crucial goals in significant matches. Notably, he netted a brace in the Copa del Rey final last season and scored against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals. In the 2021/22 season, his two goals helped eliminate Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals.
Rodrygo possesses the qualities that could bolster Liverpool’s pursuit of consistent trophy challenges. However, securing his services will undoubtedly require a substantial financial investment.
The report suggests that Real Madrid would likely demand a bid exceeding €100m (approximately £86.5m) to consider parting ways with their star player.
If Liverpool decides to sell Salah for £215m, they would have significant funds at their disposal to secure a suitable replacement. It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will be willing to meet Real Madrid’s demands and make a decisive move in the transfer market.