Liverpool should come in with a big bid for Bukayo Saka if they sell Mohamed Salah this summer.
Salah’s future has been the subject of much discussion this week, with Liverpool finally rejecting a huge bid from Saudi side Al Ittihad yesterday.
With another offer reportedly on the way though, there’s no guarantee the Egyptian stays at Anfield. Debating the issue on Sky Sports today, Paul Merson wondered aloud whether the Reds may think about replacing Salah with Arsenal man Saka.
“Do they sell him for £200m and then in January see if they can get Saka from Arsenal for £150m?” said the pundit. “I’m thinking ‘right, one person’s 31, if I can get £200m, who’s the next one in line? Who’s the next one on the right-wing?'”
“The next in line is definitely Saka, he’s the best right winger about after Salah. If you were Liverpool, you’re trading in someone who’s a little bit older for someone who’s younger. They’d go rock the boat with Arsenal say ‘here’s 150 for someone.'”
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If Liverpool do sell Salah for somewhere in the region of £200m, then big investment would be expected in the coming two windows.
Without the capability of replacing Mo immediately, the Reds would have to wait until at least January.
At that point though, teams are going to know that Liverpool have money to spend. We think they’d likely do as much as they can to keep costs low.
So, as tempting as it may be, we can’t see them going in for a mammoth bid like this, just because they can.
It feels more likely that they’d bet on a young, up and coming winger in the £40-50m bracket. Maybe someone like Johan Bakayoko.
Nevertheless, we have seen Liverpool go big before on the right player. As Merson says, Saka is quite possibly the best right winger around right now, when Salah is taken out of the equation.
But regardless of that, it seems highly unlikely that Arsenal would sell, and that Saka would leave the club he grew up at. All in all, we don’t see this happening. Let’s just leave everyone where they are!