Castles, who broke the story regarding Gini Wijnaldum’s reported decision to join Barcelona this summer, believes that both Salah and Mane could leave Liverpool amid claims of unhappiness at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Mane, who has a contract with the Reds until 2023, is also said to be discontent with his current situation on Merseyside.
Castles on Salah and Mane
And as the transfer window begins to loom closer, Castles hasn’t ruled out the possibility of either player pushing for a move this summer.
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“The one thing you can say about the striker market this summer is there are a lot of names on it. We have the two biggest players in the history of the game – Messi and Ronaldo as factors,” he said.
“We’ve got two players who have been identified as their heir apparent in Haaland and Mbappe who are on the market.
“You’ve got a decision to be made over Sergio Aguero.
“You have Sadio Mane and Mo Salah who are not entirely happy with their situations at Liverpool and there is a possibility that they get involved in this merry-go round of transfers.”
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This is a transfer development that is difficult to gauge, especially after Castles’ recent reports over Wijnaldum’s decision to join Barcelona this summer were put into question.
Castles broke the news on Sunday, via The Times, however, a number of separate publications, including The ECHO, later disproved the story with claims that Wijnaldum hasn’t informed Liverpool of any such deal to move to the Camp Nou.
AS, too, have reported throughout this saga that Wijnaldum has insisted he’d tell the Reds first if he agreed on a move away.
So, it seems that Castles’ latest developments on Salah and Mane should be taken with a pinch of salt as opposed to outright gospel.
Also, let’s assume that for argument’s sake, that Mane and Salah did want to leave – who exactly could afford them right now?
Both players are currently 28, after all, and are at the peak of their powers. For Liverpool to give up either of the aforementioned attacking geniuses, it would take an astronomical amount of money.
This just isn’t viable in today’s market with the ongoing pandemic majorly affecting finances across Europe, particularly in Spain, which makes this notion of an upcoming ‘transfer merry-go-round’ difficult to get on board with.
While it’s exciting on paper to believe that Liverpool will be flirting with the likes of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe this summer, the likelihood is that Jurgen Klopp will instead look to priorities what he has, as opposed to what he can bring in.
We can’t envisage a scenario where either Salah or Mane would be permitted to leave Liverpool this summer.