Liverpool are reportedly considering Barcelona attacker Raphinha and on-loan Brighton forward Ansu Fati as potential replacements for Mohamed Salah, according to the Spanish press.
A few months ago, Salah drew interest from the Saudi Pro League, with Al-Ittihad attempting to secure his services. However, Liverpool rejected those efforts, but there is speculation that future approaches for the Egypt international could occur.
Throughout Salah’s absence at the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool have managed well, but his permanent departure would create a void in their squad.
Salah, the last man standing from Liverpool’s famous attacking trident with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. His remarkable ascent into the club’s top five all-time goalscorers makes him a formidable presence at Anfield.
Amid speculation of Salah’s potential departure, Liverpool remain linked with move for various prominent attackers, exploring options for the eventuality, despite circulating rumours suggesting a possible contract extension for Salah.
New insights from the Spanish media point to Barcelona’s duo, Raphinha and Fati.
There are reports suggesting that Liverpool might make a move for former Leeds United winger Raphinha in the event of Salah’s departure.
Given his profile as a left-footed right-winger, Raphinha appears to be a direct replacement for Salah.
Barcelona have yet to disclose the asking price for Raphinha, who remains contractually bound until 2027.
Simultaneously, Liverpool will have the chance to observe Fati’s progress as he continues his loan tenure with Brighton.
Fati’s contract duration aligns with Raphinha’s, but he is currently engaged in the season outside LaLiga.
Despite encountering some injury setbacks, Fati has netted four goals in 18 appearances for Brighton. The team includes former Liverpool players James Milner and Adam Lallana, with Alexis Mac Allister notably absent after being acquired by the Reds in the summer.
Next month, Brighton are scheduled to face Liverpool in an away match at Anfield in the Premier League, presenting an opportunity for Fati to showcase his prowess.
Liverpool are reportedly assessing a potential transfer for Fati based on his performance during his time with Brighton.
A notable distinction between Fati and Salah (and Raphinha) lies in his playing position as a right-footed left-winger, in contrast to the vice versa arrangement.
Concerns have arisen regarding Liverpool’s attacking dynamics on the opposite side, where Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo have displayed decent performances but fall short of Mane’s previous standards. However, the focus for urgent reinforcement would be on the right flank if Salah were to depart.
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At present, the prospect remains speculative. Throughout his seven-season tenure, Salah has steadfastly honored his commitment to Liverpool. Presently navigating the final 18 months of the most lucrative contract in the club’s history, decisions about his future must be contemplated soon.
This season, Salah has netted 18 goals, surpassing the combined total of Raphinha and Fati (four each) and doubling it. An essential aspect to consider will be Salah’s sentiments regarding Liverpool’s next manager post Jurgen Klopp’s summer departure, as he has exclusively played under the German tactician during his tenure with the Reds.
Only when the scenario of Klopp’s successor unfolds might Salah’s intentions become more evident. Until that juncture, however, contingency plans may persist.
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