Salah successor IDENTIFIED, €80m Sporting CP TARGET and Thiago EXIT - Liverpool Transfer Recap

Liverpool have identified Mohammed Kudus as a potential replacement for Mohamed Salah this summer, according to a report in Spain. 

Salah, 31, is out of contract in 2025 and a decision will need to be made on the future of the 200+ goalscorer by incoming sporting director Richard Hughes

The Reds fended off interest from Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Pro League during last summer’s transfer window, with the club prepared to pay over £100 million to make Salah the flagship player in the league

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Salah opted to stay put but has missed a significant amount of action in 2024 having suffered a hamstring tear during the Africa Cup of Nations in January. 

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NAGELSMANN IN TALKS WITH MULTIPLE CLUBS

Germany national team manager Jullian Nagelsmann is IN DISCUSSIONS with multiple clubs amid reports that he could replace Jurgen Klopp in the Liverpool hotseat. 

Nagelsmann, 36, is contracted to the German football association (DFB) until the end of the forthcoming European Championship, with no breakthrough thus far in negotiations over a new deal. 

It is widely expected that the former Bayern Munich manager will re-enter the club game this summer and there are no shortage of top clubs at which he could land. 

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LIVERPOOL IN HUNT FOR €80m SPORTING CP STAR DIOMANDE

One of the stars of Ruben Amorim’s Sporting CP side could be moving to Liverpool this summer with Ousmane Diomande linked with a transfer to Anfield. 

The highly-regarded coach has earned a reputation as a developer of players with the likes of Matheus Nunes, Pedro Porro and Manuel Ugarte earning Sporting multi-million euro deals in the transfer market. 

Ousmane Diomande of Sporting Lisbon

Ousmane Diomande, the Sporting CP colossus now linked with a transfer to Liverpool this summer.

This year their potential title-winning squad risks being torn asunder all over again with a number of top stars on the shopping lists of Europe’s biggest clubs. 

Striker Viktor Gyokeres is expected to leave as is Goncalo Inacio, a 22-year-old centre back also linked with Liverpool

And now come the renewed links with Diomande, with Liverpool and Newcastle both tracking his progress, according to FootballTransfers

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TWO CLUBS CHASE LIVERPOOL STAR THIAGO ALCANTARA

Thiago Alcantara looks certain to depart Liverpool this summer with his contract expiring and no new deal on the horizon for the Spain midfielder. 

The recently-turned 33-year-old has endured another nightmare season at Anfield, making just one brief appearance from the bench, before suffering yet more injury heartbreak. 

Having missed much of the second half of the 2022-23 season with a persistent hip injury, the former Barcelona star was absent for most of this campaign too until a surprise five-minute cameo against Arsenal in February. 

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MURILLO LINKED AGAIN, BUT DOES IT MAKE SENSE?

Defensive reinforcements will likely be at the top of the agenda for incoming Liverpool sporting director Richard Hughes, and Nottingham Forest star Murillo is AGAIN being linked with a move to Anfield.

The Reds overhauled their midfield last summer and the attack has been retooled over the past couple of years, so now the focus is going to be on the defensive third.

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Joel Matip is out of contract in the summer and expected to leave. The Reds aren’t necessarily spoilt for choice in that area of the pitch either. Joe Gomez has been moonlighting as a full-back for most of the season and this has left Jurgen Klopp with Jarell Quansah, Ibrahima Konate and Virgil van Dijk as centre-back options. With Konate partial to a stint on the sidelines, the defensive numbers needs to be bolstered.

Liverpool have been linked with a number of names over recent months and a lot of these are recurring names. One of those that just keeps coming up on a regular basis, is Murillo.

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