Liverpool eye Rodrygo as Salah replacement

Liverpool eye Rodrygo as Salah replacement

Liverpool reportedly sees Rodrygo from Real Madrid as the perfect replacement for Mohamed Salah.

While Liverpool managed to fend off interest in Salah during the summer transfer window, there are concerns that he could be tempted to join the Saudi Pro League in 2024.

According to Fichajes, Liverpool is actively searching for Salah’s successor and considers Rodrygo as a top target, with Real Madrid potentially willing to sell.

Since Karim Benzema’s departure, Rodrygo has become a regular starter for Real Madrid this season, scoring one goal in five La Liga appearances. The Brazilian forward joined Real Madrid from Santos in 2019 and has made 170 appearances for the club, contributing 38 goals and 32 assists.

With Rodrygo’s contract set to expire in 2025, Real Madrid might be open to a transfer if the right offer comes along.

However, Vinicius Junior is considered unsellable, and the arrival of Kylian Mbappe is expected next year.

The report suggests that Liverpool would need to offer over €100m (£86.5m) to secure Rodrygo’s services, given his impressive performances in European football. Despite offers from Al-Ittihad for Salah, Liverpool has made it clear that they are unwilling to let him go.

Salah will only have 12 months left to run on his contract next summer, though, and Al-Ittihad are thought to be confident of securing his services in 2024.

Luis Diaz, Cody Gakpo, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez are also options for Liverpool in the final third of the field.

The Merseyside outfit would likely need to qualify for the 2024-25 Champions League to stand a chance of signing Rodrygo, who is not believed to have any desire to leave Real Madrid at this moment in time.

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