Liverpool may have a real shot at Vinicius Jr this summer. But it means forgetting about some superstar signings.
It shouldn’t be a shock to say that Liverpool almost certainly won’t sign Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland this summer. And there are a few reasons why.
Take Haaland, for instance. ESPN claim that half of Europe want him and Borussia Dortmund set their price as a result – £154m.
Mbappe is similar. Le Parisien have Liverpool down as interested but he’d cost £200m all-in.
These are fees that Liverpool have never got near. Only Paris Saint-Germain have, actually. And we don’t believe the Reds will out-bid everyone else for either of them.
But there’s another reason. The Athletic claims Jurgen Klopp does want a forward this season but he isn’t after a superstar. Instead, he wants a ‘supplemental’ forward.
In other words, he wants someone who adds to his collection, rather than replacing any of the stars.
Which brings us to who that might be. OKDiario claimed two months ago that Liverpool like Vinicius Jr and it appears the door is opening.
Vinicius is not a star player right now. But then, he’s still just 20. The raw talent is undoubtedly there but someone has to shape it.
Liverpool are fantastic at doing just that. They’ve built a World-champion team on the back of signing players and improving them.
Vinicius, then, would be a project signing. Someone who can come in and offer something as a squad player, with a view to develop them into something special.
It’s a strategy Liverpool have to follow, really. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all pushing 30 and need replacing.
Signing their replacement now and developing them over two or three years is undoubtedly the best way to do that. Vinicius, then, fits the bill perfectly.
Mundo Deportivo believes Real want to sell, too. They very much do believe they can sign Mbappe and Haaland but must bring in funds to do so.
It means Liverpool settle for second best, in a way, but the door is opening for Vinicius. The Reds could get a highly-promising young player at a discount price, given Real’s desire to sell.
And given what Liverpool supposedly want this summer, it might be the perfect signing.