Even though most believe Liverpool’s transfer business is closed for the summer after the signing of Calvin Ramsay, the official departure of Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich has generated more speculation that the club are still aiming to do more business before the end of the window in August.
The arrival of Darwin Núñez was thought to mitigate the eventual sale of Mané, but according to a report from Spain, Liverpool are scanning around La Liga to find a replacement for the Senegal forward.
Mané will be very difficult to replace, given his versatility and how pivotal he was to Liverpool throughout his six years at the club. Yet Spanish outlet El Nacional state that Liverpool are just not interested in, but have already made an offer for, Real Madrid winger Rodrygo.
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The same source states that Liverpool have made an ‘informal’ offer in the region of £51m to tempt Los Blancos into a sale of the 21-year-old. The Brazilian made 49 appearances for Real Madrid but only started in 25 of them across all competitions. His biggest contribution to the season was his two massive goals against Manchester City in that epic comeback at the Santiago Bernabéu in the semi-final of the Champions League.
However, Rodrygo has struggled to assert himself into Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI on a regular basis, and such a big offer from Liverpool could tempt Florentino Perez into a sale.
Would Rodrygo make a good fit for Liverpool?
His versatility would come in very handy to Jürgen Klopp, as Rodrygo has been utilised on either side of Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 formation. In what is a very long season and with injuries almost inevitable at certain points of the season, Klopp could use a player like Rodrygo in terms of rotating the likes of Mohamed Salah and Luis Díaz.
Moreover, at 21, Rodrygo has a long stretch of career in front of him, which is what FSG aim for when looking at a signing. There is plenty of time for Rodrygo to develop and mature under the watchful eye of Klopp, and even though the transfer fee reported is large, it could be worth it on the long run.
Yet it really remains to be seen if Liverpool would offer in excess of £50m for Rodrygo this summer, considering that he would ostenbily play back up to Salah and Díaz, and his role wouldn’t change from his current club to his new one. If there is a Mané replacement to speak of, it is Díaz — confirmation of the Bayern Munich move really changes nothing.
Going forward, we are likely to see Klopp put his faith more and more in the likes of Harvey Elliott and Kaide Gordon for the vice-Salah position on the other side of the pitch. Spending £50m or more isn’t the solution.
So while Rodrygo makes sense on some levels, it simply won’t happen. Klopp knows that the future of Liverpool is already at the club, and that the question of a Mané replacement has long since been sorted.
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