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Takefusa Kubo transfer would create obvious Mohamed Salah question that Liverpool must answer

icLiverpool.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 14:10
Real Sociedad star Takefusa Kubo has been linked with a move to Liverpool in a transfer rumour that also poses a question about the future of Mohamed Salah
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Liverpool are unlikely to confirm their first summer signings despite two deals agreed

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 13:36

Liverpool have lined up deals to add two highly rated youngsters to their ranks this summer, but fans are unlikely to see either player officially unveiled.

With the Reds overseeing a quiet summer in the transfer market so far, fans are – for right or wrong – growing frustrated at a lack of updates.

Arne Slot will travel to the United States this week with a misshapen squad due to the absence of 11 key players following the summer’s internationals.

Many of those flying Stateside still facing uncertain futures, in terms of moves elsewhere or if they will stay with the first team or rejoin the academy.

But there has so far been little movement when it comes to new arrivals, with deals for teenagers Alvin Ayman and Rio Ngumoha the extent of Liverpool’s incoming business so far.

The club are believed to have agreed terms to sign the 16-year-olds from Wolves and Chelsea respectively, with sizeable fees expected for both.

Despite this, though, fans are unlikely to see official confirmation from the club for either signing – at least in the manner they have grown used to for first-team additions.

It would be a surprise if photographs of either midfielder Ayman or winger Ngumoha, holding their shirts aloft at the AXA Training Centre, are shared on the club’s official website or social media channels.

Instead, as was the case with last year’s signings of Trey Nyoni and Amara Nallo, they should be quietly integrated into the youth ranks.

Neither Ayman or Ngumoha are believed to have been involved in pre-season games for the U18s so far, with Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s squad currently in Germany, where they will face Bayern Munich on Thursday.

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That is due to the protracted mechanics involved in signings at youth level, with up to four weeks required before the Premier League will ratify a deal.

Furthermore, given both players will join Liverpool as scholars, compensation will need to be paid to their previous clubs – and though terms can be agreed with the players beforehand, that process can be more difficult.

If clubs are unable to settle on a suitable fee, the case could go to an independent tribunal at a later date to determine the scale of compensation.

Nevertheless, there appear to be no hiccups out of the ordinary when it comes to Liverpool signing Ayman and Ngumoha.

But while supporters are clamouring for new faces to arrive at Anfield, don’t expect the club to present these particular additions with any fanfare.

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Liverpool transfer wait explained as Premier League investigate new arrival

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 13:22
Liverpool are close to officially signing exciting teenager Rio Ngumoha from Chelsea but the deal hasn't quite been completed yet
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Liverpool transfer wait explained as Premier League investigate new arrival

icLiverpool.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 13:22
Liverpool are close to officially signing exciting teenager Rio Ngumoha from Chelsea but the deal hasn't quite been completed yet
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Club who made world-record Mo Salah bid have now found a £50.6m alternative

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 11:45

A year ago, Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad were courting Mo Salah to the tune of a world-record bid, but now they have landed on his alternative.

As last summer’s transfer window rumbled on, Liverpool were forced to contend with serious interest from Saudi Arabia in their most valuable player.

Salah was subject of a £150 million bid, including £100 million up front, from Saudi officials with a view to joining Fabinho at Al-Ittihad, with the Reds rejecting that advance.

It was later claimed that a world-record offer was being prepared, but with Liverpool holding firm and Salah not pushing for an exit, that £215 million plan fell flat.

The Saudi Pro League have maintained their interest, and with the Egyptian entering the final year of his contract this summer, another approach had been speculated.

 Aston Villa's Boubacar Kamara (L) and Moussa Diaby celebrate after the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Everton FC at Villa Park. Villa won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Aston Villa's Boubacar Kamara (L) and Moussa Diaby celebrate after the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Everton FC at Villa Park. Villa won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

However, Al-Ittihad are now closing in on another right winger who will take one of eight foreign player slots in Laurent Blanc’s squad.

Per The Athletic, Aston Villa forward Moussa Diaby is set to join the Jeddah club in a deal worth €60 million (£50.6m).

Diaby, who only joined Villa last summer amid interest from Al-Nassr, is said to have agreed personal terms on a long-term contract with Al-Ittihad.

This would at least suggest there is little chance of Salah joining Al-Ittihad in the near future, with Diaby brought in as a natural right winger.

However, there remains a possibility that the 32-year-old will be courted as his contract nears expiry – unless, of course, he agrees an extension at Liverpool.

With the Saudi state’s Public Investment Fund controlling Al-Ittihad, Al-Nassr, Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal, interest in players is not necessarily tied to one particular club.

Though Al-Ittihad may have now filled their vacancy on the right flank, there is a chance that the PIF will target Salah for another of their leading sides.

For example, he could be eyed as a free agent signing for Al-Nassr next summer with a view to reuniting him with Sadio Mane in attack with Cristiano Ronaldo.

More good news on Alisson

 Goalkeeper Alisson Becker of Liverpool after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)

 Goalkeeper Alisson Becker of Liverpool after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)

All signs point to Salah staying on Merseyside for at least another season, though, while further business from Al-Ittihad indicates that the same will be true for Alisson.

Al-Ittihad are also pursuing a deal for Man City goalkeeper Ederson, with the Mail among those to report that they had approached the Premier League champions over a package worth £50 million.

Though Alisson has been subject of interest from Saudi Arabia this summer, Al-Nassr have since signed compatriot Bento, Al-Ahli brought in Edouard Mendy last year and Al-Hilal already have Yassine Bounou.

Salah is part of the Liverpool squad due to fly to the United States on Tuesday, with Alisson set to rejoin his team-mates later in July – find out when he should return here.

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