Liverpool have three free transfers on their mind for 2023, according to reports. They could save the Reds a fortune.
Liverpool are a club that looks long-term and they’ll already have plans for their 2023 in mind – even before the summer of 2022 hits. In fact, reports over the last few months point to three players they’ve got eyes on with contracts currently expiring in 2023.
Get these deals done and Liverpool could save an absolute fortune in transfer fees. They could even force their respective clubs into selling early.
We’ll start with the most complicated one. ESPN report that Liverpool will try to sign Bukayo Saka, should he decide to leave Arsenal. His contract currently expires in 2023 but it’s a little complex.
Now, Saka will reportedly push to leave the club if they’re not offering Champions League football. He only has one more year on his deal this summer, after all. However, Arsenal have an option to extend the contract by an extra year until 2024.
Doing so with a player who may want to leave is a tricky thing, though, as is the fact that Saka is on around £35k per week. That’s very low compared to his contemporaries. Extending his deal by a year against his wishes isn’t something Arsenal would do lightly.
And that explains Liverpool’s interest. We can’t see them actually being able to sign Saka for nothing in 2023 but the Reds would be able to apply serious transfer pressure this summer. If he wants out, of course.
There are now regular reports out of Spain that Liverpool want Barcelona’s Gavi. His low-paying contract expires in 2023 and the Catalonians won’t meet his demands. Sport are the latest to make that claim.
Gavi is a potential superstar, though, and Liverpool will push out all the boasts to get him. There’s a chance he hands on his a big payday in 2023, too, as he could leave for nothing.
We do hope Liverpool make a move and, preferably, find the cash to tempt Barcelona this summer. Gavi will only draw more and more interest by 2023, after all, and there’s such huge potential at Anfield waiting for him.
The Manchester Evening News believe Liverpool have made it known that they’d like to sign Marcus Rashford. Now, signing him from Manchester United is impossible and won’t happen. His contract, however, expires in 2023 and perhaps he wants to field offers that summer.
But this one is very much a far-fetched idea and very different to the other two. Liverpool can’t apply pressure and force a transfer this summer, though just about any other club could. Instead, it relies on Rashford playing out his final season and moving on a free transfer.
And even then, it seems unlikely he’d choose Liverpool – even if the Reds want it.