The next few weeks are going to be mighty exciting for Liverpool fans, we reckon.
Not only did we capture Chelsea’s young striker Dominic Solanke for peanuts, but we’re on the verge of breaking our record transfer fee for Mohamed Salah, Roma’s £35m-rated wing-forward.
That’s the price we spent on Andy Carroll in 2011, but this cost will be higher due to add-ons.
Paul Joyce of the Times has confirmed that the Salah deal is as good as done, with the Egyptian set to sign on £90k/week wages.
In his same report though, he provided both good and bad news on the futures of our other two top targets: Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita.
Joyce suggested that contrary to articles last week, Van Dijk is still a very realistic possibility, with Jurgen Klopp apparently confident he can convince the Dutchman to make the switch to Merseyside because of Liverpool’s exciting project.
Van Dijk will fix our defence, but capturing Keita will be a whole lot more difficult, with RB Sporting Director Ralf Rangnick publicly refusing to sell the Guinean 22-year-old.
“We won’t sell one of the players. We keep the team together,” he said.
Whether we can tempt the Germans with a blockbuster offer remains to be seen, but Leipzig are a cash rich club and have a Champions League campaign to prepare for, unlike Salah’s Roma and Van Dijk’s Southampton.
Still, one out of those two wouldn’t be bad, although both would be ideal.