Liverpool’s Calculated Moves: The Future of Salah, Johan Bakayoko, and Andre
The Late Arrival of Ryan Gravenberch: A Prelude to January Moves?
Liverpool’s transfer window closed with a flourish as Ryan Gravenberch, the 21-year-old Dutch midfielder, became the latest addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad. With a £35 million price tag, Gravenberch joins Alexis Mac Allister, Wataru Endo, and Dominik Szoboszlai at Anfield. These new faces arrive on the heels of significant exits, including Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, who have both made their way to the Saudi Pro League.
The Salah Saga: A £150 Million Bid and What Lies Ahead
Liverpool’s Egyptian talisman, Mohamed Salah, has been the subject of intense speculation, with a staggering £150 million bid from Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad recently turned down. The club is reportedly willing to up the ante to a world-record £200 million. With the Saudi transfer window open until September 7, the Reds are keen to hold onto Salah at least until next summer. However, they’ve already got their eyes on a potential successor.
Johan Bakayoko: The Heir Apparent to Salah?
Johan Bakayoko, the 20-year-old Belgian winger from PSV, is high on Liverpool’s radar. Known for his blistering pace and technical prowess, Bakayoko could be the ideal long-term replacement for Salah. Despite interest from Brentford, the young talent opted to stay at PSV for Champions League football. However, should PSV exit the competition come January, Liverpool might just swoop in with a compelling offer.
Andre: The Next Midfield Maestro?
Liverpool’s midfield could see another shake-up come January. With Thiago Alcantara’s contract expiring at the end of the season, the Reds have shown interest in Andre, a 22-year-old Brazilian from Fluminense. A deal couldn’t be struck this summer due to Fluminense’s Copa Libertadores commitments, but Liverpool’s interest remains. With a £34 million release clause, Andre could be a more affordable option and a fitting replacement for Thiago.
Klopp’s Long-Term Vision: More Than Just Replacements
Securing the services of Bakayoko and Andre would not only fill the potential voids left by Salah and Thiago but also allow Klopp to focus on other areas, such as bolstering the defence. It’s a strategic approach that could see Liverpool well-prepared for the future, come what may.