Liverpool could end up spending as much as £100 million on the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita.
According to Goal’s ever-reliable Liverpool correspondent Melissa Reddy, the Reds could smash their transfer record this summer over and over. With reference to Liverpool’s £35 million transfer record, Reddy wrote, “The Reds are prepared to surpass that figure multiple times in the summer to enhance the quality and competition in the squad.“
The likes of Van Dijk and Naby Keita are players that look likely to land up at Liverpool but Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is less of a sure thing.
In the same report, Reddy reported that Liverpool’s negotiations with Naby Keita are progressing nicely and that the player’s wage demands of around £120,000 a week would be met.
RB Leipzig are refusing to sell Keita but as Reddy reports, a bid in the region of £50 million could tempt the German club to sell.
Liverpool are also looking to bring Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk to Merseyside this summer. Dejan Lovren had a decent season at centre-half but his tendency to make costly errors is something that Jürgen Klopp is looking to avoid.
Lovren signed a new contract with Liverpool during the 16/17 season but is expected to play a squad role for the Reds. Van Dijk, if signed, would come in and partner the quietly excellent Jöel Matip at the heart of Liverpool’s defence.
Signing Van Dijk would not be cheap but Liverpool are prepared to pay the £50 million that it would require to sign him. While it would be a costly signing, it would pay for itself in the number of goals it would prevent.
Compared to Van Dijk and Keita, this is more of a grey area. According to German newspaper Bild, Jürgen Klopp could be tempted this summer by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s intention to hand in a written transfer request.
Liverpool are in great need of a natural centre-forward, especially in games against the likes of Swansea and Burnley who frustrated the Reds last season. As Daniel Sturridge showed in the last two games of the season, having a natural striker can make a huge difference.
Aubameyang, who was the Bundesliga’s top goalscorer with 31 goals last season, would improve Liverpool hugely. Of course, the forward could cost anywhere between £50 million and £80 million to prise away from Borussia Dortmund. Given his admiration for Real Madrid, it doesn’t take an overactive imagination to picture Liverpool missing out to the Spanish giants.
This summer could not be more important to Liverpool with Champions League football in the offing and the chance to seriously challenge for silverware beckoning. Klopp’s rivals will be strengthening and the German will be certain not want to be left behind but whether or not he challenges at the top of the market remains to be seen.