Liverpool are starting to explore the market for forwards, as they prepare for a potential sale of Mohamed Salah.
Salah has today been subject to a £150m bid from Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad. With Liverpool rejecting the bid out of hand, the Pro League team are reportedly set to come back with a second, even bigger offer.
As a result, journalist Sami Mokbel has claimed that the Reds are now starting to look at options in the transfer window.
Speaking on the Daily Mail Sport Deadline Special Livestream, Mokbel said that he’d been told a name that Liverpool were looking into, but had been ‘sworn to secrecy.’
“They have started as I mentioned earlier just to check the conditions of certain players,” said the journalist.
“I know of one and I am sworn to secrecy and I will stick by that pact I made with a contact last night. But they have started the process of seeing the conditions of certain forwards on the market.”
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Liverpool explore forward market
With Liverpool standing firm on their stance around Salah all summer, it would be a major shock if they sold him now. Regardless, they’ll likely have already been looking into the forward market.
Salah will need replacing at some point. Without a natural, left-footed replacement for him in the current squad, that will have to come from outside.
As a result, it’s normal that the Reds will be scouring what’s out there right now. It’s unlikely to be for an immediate swoop, it’s all part of the due diligence.
If the unthinkable does happen, and Salah is sold, we’d actually be surprised to see Liverpool do anything at all. Any move now would be a pure ‘panic buy,’ and the Reds do their best to avoid them at all costs.