Liverpool Prepared to Offer Wonderkid Higher Salary Than Five First-team Regulars

New Liverpool manager Arne Slot could potentially upset a number of current first team players if the club succeed in signing Lille star Leny Yoro.

The 18-year-old emerged as a standout talent in France during the 2023/24 season, earning a place in the French footballers’ union Ligue 1 team of the season.

Yoro, an under-21 international, made 44 appearances for his club in all competitions, which led to his inclusion in France’s squad for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

However, Yoro has since withdrawn from the Olympic squad, highlighting his significance to Bruno Genesio’s team.

Resisting the interest of Europe’s top clubs will be challenging this summer, as Yoro’s contract is set to expire in 2025. Without a new long-term contract this summer, Lille risks losing the talented player on a free transfer in a year.

According to CaughtOffside, Liverpool are ready to offer Yoro a substantial contract worth £125,000 per week.

The Reds need defensive reinforcements after Joel Matip’s departure, while Virgil van Dijk has not yet committed his future beyond the summer of 2025.

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While Yoro would undoubtedly be a valuable addition to Liverpool, the proposed wages could cause controversy.

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The young Lille star would be earning more than several established first team members, including Dominik Szoboszlai, who joined from RB Leipzig last summer for a £60 million fee.

According to Capology, Szoboszlai earns £120,000 per week, with his contract running until 2028. Similarly, Cody Gakpo, who is currently competing at Euro 2024 with the Dutch national team, is reported to be on the same wages as Szoboszlai.

Andy Robertson, who joined Jurgen Klopp’s team in 2017, earns £100,000 per week despite his significant contributions to Liverpool’s achievements.

Since moving from Hull, he has been pivotal in securing victories in the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, European Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.

Robertson’s current contract runs for another two years. Of particular note is the contrast in earnings between him and fellow center-back Joe Gomez.

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The potential arrival of young defender Yoro could raise doubts about Gomez’s future at Liverpool, especially with interest from Bayern Munich’s Vincent Kompany in the 27-year-old Englishman.

Gomez currently earns £80,000 per week and has three years left on his contract. Yoro’s potential arrival and the financial implications involved may signal to Gomez, a product of Charlton’s youth system, that he may not feature prominently in Slot’s plans.

Meanwhile, Colombian winger Luis Diaz, who has dismissed speculation linking him to Barcelona, earns £55,000 per week and is contracted until 2027.

Yoro would represent a significant long-term investment for PSG, potentially justifying a salary higher than that of several established stars.

However, even with a higher salary, Yoro would earn considerably less than Liverpool’s top earner, Mohamed Salah, who commands £350,000 per week.

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