Real Madrid are poised to sign Jude Bellingham in the summertime which might see leave Liverpool miss out on their No 1 transfer goal. The England international is claimed to have already told his entourage he desires to move to the Bernabeu as an alternative of Anfield next summer. So who could Liverpool turn to if they can’t land the £100million-plus-rated teenager? Express Sport takes a take a look at 4 possible Plan B options.
The highest candidate could be Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez, whose popularity has exploded after his World Cup. The Benfica midfielder has long been tracked by the Reds and he underlined his sky-high potential in Qatar.
The vigorous Fernandez, 21, was named the World Cup’s best young player because the South Americans won the tournament. The ex-River Plate talent only joined Benfica in the summertime and has an enormous £105m release clause in his contract.
Liverpool’s biggest issue, nevertheless, might be the extent of competition for him. Chelsea are showing interest in signing him in January, with a winter move from the Merseyside club highly unlikely after the signing of Cody Gakpo, while Real Madrid and Manchester United are each being linked with a summer swoop.
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A far rawer talent than Bellingham and Fernandez, but one other player with an immense ceiling, is Emmanuel Kouadio Kone – who goes as Manu Kone – of Borussia Monchengladbach. The 21-year-old is an element of a recent generation of French talent.
Kone, 21, is a guaranteed starter for Gladbach who’re fighting for European football. However the lure of Liverpool could tempt him away from the Bundesliga and Jurgen Klopp and co. Were claimed to have interest in the summertime, per reports from Germany.
Money-rich Newcastle are also admirers of the box-to-box midfielder and so, if a move is to attend until the top of the season, much may hinge on where Liverpool finish. It has previously been suggested Kone would cost £39m.
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Ecuador international Caicedo has been excellent for Brighton this season and is one other player who has been on Liverpool’s radar for some time. He joined the Seagulls in January 2021 and is now fully displaying his talents in England’s top flight.
Caicedo has made 15 appearances this season for Brighton and has been pivotal to the south coast club sitting seventh after 15 games. He’s under contract until 2025 and so Brighton are free to demand whatever fee they like.
Again nevertheless, like Fernandez and Bellingham, Caicedo may be very much a player in demand. Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle are all potential suitors for the 21-year-old who could cost £50m or more just two years after he joined Brighton for £5m.
One other who starred on the World Cup, Sofyan Amrabat was sensational for Morocco who ended up ending fourth in Qatar. The energetic 26-year-old is the oldest player on this shortlist.
He can be perhaps probably the most attainable but probably carries probably the most risk given his middling form for Fiorentina at club level. The Italian club have attached a £35m price tag to the player.
The Moroccan has just 18 months left on his contract and so could perhaps be snared for barely lower than that quantity. PSG and Tottenham are two other teams linked with the dynamic Amrabat.