Liverpool told to pay €60m for Chelsea playmaker
According to reports going on in the media, the Reds are interested in hiring the services of Christian Pulisic from Chelsea.
Head of Bild for Football, Christian Falk, has confirmed that the Merseysiders are looking to lure the American international in order to replace Mane.
The Italian news source have mentioned that to replace the former Southampton winger, Liverpool are weighing up a move to lure Pulisic from the Blues.
Corriere dello Sport claim that Jurgen Klopp knows the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker very well. The German manager has been made aware that an offer of £51.4million (60 million euros) would be needed to snatch him from Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old star is a versatile talent. He can effectively play as a winger (both flanks), central attacking midfielder, secondary striker and even as an out and out center forward.
Pulisic excelled in Germany under Thomas Tuchel before moving to Chelsea. Unfortunately, he has spent a lot of time on the treatment table in England. In the 2020-21 season, the 49-capped American missed 14 games due to fitness concerns.
On the other hand, last season, a major ankle injury kept him our for months and he only started 13 games in the Premier League.
Therefore, I do not think that Liverpool should sign Christian Pulisic to replace Mane, who has been super fit for us in the last five years. What do you think?
Liverpool could swap Takumi with Leeds star
According to LeedsLive, Takumi Minamino could be used as a makeweight by Liverpool in their bid to sign Raphinha from Leeds United.
The Whites have put a £60-70 million price tag on the Brazilian star but it seems that Jurgen Klopp could use the Japanese international as a makeweight. Raphinha, at 25, is one of the hottest properties in the PL right now.
Those who have watched him play for the Elland Road outfit would know all about his silky dribbling skills down the wings. But will it be worth sending Minamino the other way?
With 10 goals across all competitions this season, the ex-RB Salzburg forward was our unsung hero in cup competitions. He was our top scorer in the FA Cup and the EFL Cup- two trophies we went on to win against Chelsea at Wembley this season.
Should LFC sell Minamino?
At 27, he is still in the prime physical years of his career. He can’t really do anything more than make the most of his chances- which he did when Jurgen Klopp played him in cup competitions. He continues to be an important backup option for our frontline.
While the domestic cups seem to lose their shine as compared to the league title and the UEFA Champions League, they were two trophies important enough for the Reds to center their open-top bus parade around in May.
There is no doubt that the Reds fans would want to taste success like that again. If we offload a striker who was virtually our hero in both those competitions this campaign, then it really sends out a wrong message.
Moreover, it depletes our attack even further. Divock Origi is set to leave, Roberto Firmino has had injury issues, Sadio Mane is linked with an exit while Mohamed Salah is yet to renew his deal.
Amidst this, the Reds must ensure that they don’t bring in players at the expense of ones they already have in the squad. Raphinha, if signed, could be a replacement for Mane or Salah- not Minamino. So, it doesn’t really make sense to include the Japanese star- who played under current Leeds boss Jesse Marsch during his time in Austria- in any potential deal.