According to The Liverpool Echo, Jürgen Klopp could smash the club’s transfer record three times this summer in order to land Virgil Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita.
Although the transfer window hasn’t even opened yet, with it due to open on July 1st, the rumours have well and truly begun regarding who Liverpool want to sign and what it will take to get these deals done.
One story which has fans on social media in hysterics, given it’s back and forth nature, is Mohamed Salah to Liverpool. The Egyptian midfielder is reportedly being targeted to provide extra pace for the Reds but reports indicate Liverpool are lowballing Roma and will need to up their bid significantly to get the deal done.
According to The Liverpool Echo, Jürgen Klopp may have to demolish the club’s transfer record to sign not only Salah but Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita. The trio makes up Liverpool’s primary targets for the summer and, along with bringing in new left-back, would represent a successful transfer window for the Merseyside club.
Van Dijk and Naby Keita are reportedly valued at £50 million and above, which would mean in order to sign the pair, Liverpool would need to spend £15 million more than the club’s transfer record on each of them. The current record for the most expensive player in Liverpool history is £35 million paid to Newcastle United in 2011 on Deadline Day to sign Andy Carroll.
It would require at least £100 million for Liverpool to sign Van Dijk and Keita and it’s likely to cost a further £40 million to bring Mohamed Salah to Anfield.
With ambitions of returning to the elite in Europe with a successful season in the Champions League next term, most would agree that spending £140 million on Salah, Van Dijk and Keita is necessary.
While Liverpool have had a bid rejected by Roma for Salah, it seems likely that, if the Reds pay what is being demanded, a deal can be struck.
Conversely, it seems as though there will be significant complications in signing both Van Dijk and Keita. As far as the Southampton defender is concerned, there is a lot of interest in the Dutchman and the player’s agent has been angered by Liverpool offering a restructured wage plan after submitting an offer of £180,000 a week
That being said, Kristian Walsh of The Liverpool Echo writes, “The Reds have been encouraged by initial soundings from Van Dijk’s camp, and are willing to pay big in order to bring him to Anfield, as well as making him one of the club’s top earners.”
Liverpool will need to tread carefully about their next approach to Van Dijk’s agent with an offer of £130,000 a week plus add-ons which could raise to £180,000/week proving insufficient.
The most unlikely of the three to sign for Liverpool is Naby Keita. He impressed for RB Leipzig, helping the German club to a second place finish and a spot in next season’s Champions League.
RB Leipzig have publicly said that they won’t be selling any of their first teams, with Leipzig’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff explicitly denying any chance of starting players leaving.
“We have decided that we will not sell any player from our starting line-up,“ he said.
“Ralf Rangnick [sporting director] told this to our team at the end of the season. We will keep our team together and keep on developing.”
Liverpool have a lot of work to do to secure all three of their primary transfer targets but, should Klopp pull it off, the Reds’ starting lineup for next season will certainly be a whole lot more impressive.