Liverpool Want £60M Chelsea Target AND £34M Rated Belgian Ace As They Ramp Up Pursuit For Salah ‘Successor’

Liverpool have added Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise and PSV Eindhoven’s Johan Bakayoko to their shortlist of transfer targets, according to Football Transfers.

The website claims that a move for Olise is on the cards as they seek a “successor” for Mo Salah, with the Egyptian international reaching the final year of his contract.

However, securing Olise’s services won’t be straightforward. The fact that Salah is expected to stay until next summer means the Reds can’t guarantee the Palace winger regular game time.

With Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle and Bayern Munich also pursuing the Frenchman, he may well be tempted to join another club.

How much will Liverpool have to pay?

Olise has a £60m release clause in his contract so agreeing a fee isn’t expected to be much of an issue. A lot is expected to ride on persuading the player.

Arne Slot’s side do have one advantage in that they can offer the 22-year-old Champions League football, but Football Transfers say that Chelsea and United could also tempt the player.

A move to Stamford Bridge would mean that Olise can stay in London, while the Red Devils are believed to be the team he supported growing up.

What is the situation with Bakayoko?

The Belgian is not expected to cost as much as Olise, with reports suggesting that a bid of around €40m (£34m) could be accepted by PSV.

Even so, Bakayoko does lack experience, and there are question marks about whether he can step up and perform in the Premier League.

Unlike Olise, he may be prepared to play second fiddle to Salah, at least initially, so that would be a factor in his favour. We shall see if a bid is tabled for either player over the coming days and weeks.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.