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La Liga giants make Premier League star top priority in bid to send message to rival

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According to reports, Mohamed Salah has been identified as a top transfer target by Spanish giants, Real Madrid.

The Egyptian starlet has been eyed for a move by Los Blancos.

Salah has been in fantastic form this season, having scored more than 40 goals, and bagging the PFA Player of the Year Award, and is now demanded by Zinedine Zidane.

Real Madrid are hoping to send a message to the likes of Barcelona by landing the Liverpool man.

According to Don Balon, Florentino Perez is willing to pay over £130m for the forward.

The move will ultimately weaken Barcelona’s squad, as it’ll give Jurgen Klopp the financial capability to secure the services of Ousmane Dembele.

 

 

Real Madrid and Liverpool face off later this month (May 26) in the Champions League final.

 

In other news, Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of AS Roma shot-stopper Alisson. Reports have suggested that the Brazilian is a preferred target for Jurgen Klopp, but it looks as though the 25-year-old will sign a new deal, lasting until 2023 – according to Tutto Mercato Web.

Sky Sports pundit Ian Wright says that Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak should be on the radar this summer for Liverpool.

Loris Karius is likely to be handed a contract extension, with Klopp giving him backing as their current number one.

But Klopp is said to be arranging a move for a new keeper in ahead of the new season.

Jack Butland, currently of Stoke City has been earmarked as a possible addition to the goalkeeping setup at Anfield, but Wright utters that the Champions League finalists should be going for Oblak if they’re to challenge Manchester City for the title.

Wright told Sky Sports: “I think if Liverpool are definitely going to challenge City, that’s the position [the need to strengthen].

“I would get that keeper, Oblak-kind of stature”.

“That top keeper that can win you games with saves”.

When Naby Keita’s move from RB Leipzig goes through in the summer, Liverpool are expected to recoup as much as £11m.

Following his sides second place finish last year, the Reds agreed to a deal to sign the central midfielder.

Performance incentives (worth a minimum fee of £48m) have been included as part of the deal, and is based on how well the German outfit do in the league this season.

Unfortunately for the Leipzig-based side, they’ve been unable to repeat their domestic success, and are currently just a point in the Europa League qualification zone (6th).

The base figure which has been agreed to complete the deal for the Guinea international is understood to be £48m – according to The Times.

The fee will rise by £4.75m, should RB Leipzig qualify for the Europa League, meaning the 5-time European Cup winners will have to fork out £52.75m.

Having said that, Liverpool will have to part with a total of £59m if the Bundesliga outfit qualifies for the Champions League (an expectation of many).

They [RB Leipzig] are on course for Champions League qualification, but are some way off the pace of doing so, according to The Mirror.

At current, Liverpool could save themselves £6.25m if they [RB Leipzig] fail to qualify for the Champions League, but could be on to save up to £11m should the German side fail to qualify for the Europa League.

 

 

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