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Liverpool ‘offer Keïta as swap for £15m midfielder’ amid Salah contract ‘threat’

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Welcome to the Liverpool.com daily Media Digest. From transfers to tweets, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the Anfield sphere. Credible, incredible and anything in between: we round it all up in one place here, taking a sideways look at the day’s media goings-on from around the world.

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Liverpool ‘make Dembélé offer’

Ousmane Dembélé has five offers on the table ahead of moving clubs as a free agent this summer and Liverpool are one of them, according to Spanish outlet Sport (via Paisley Gates).

Chelsea have been most heavily linked with a transfer move for Dembélé, who would demand big wages and a signing-on fee, even if there was no money owed to his club, Barcelona.

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Liverpool have been linked with the French winger for some time but it seems highly unlikely they would move for him based on his salary expectations and his injury record.

Naby Keïta ‘swap deal’

Italian outlet Calciomercato report that Liverpool are willing to offer Naby Keïta in a straight swap deal to sign Adrien Rabiot from Serie A side Juventus.

Reports last week suggested that Rabiot was ‘open’ to joining Liverpool but the chances of the Reds wanting to give away Keïta in exchange are almost zero.

Both midfielders are about to enter the final year of their contracts but Keïta, valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, is far more suited to playing for Jürgen Klopp’s team and Liverpool spent £52m to sign him from RB Leipzig.

Rabiot, meanwhile, is on big wages and has not impressed at all in Italy. Valued at just £15m by Transfermarkt, he might want Champions League football, but it almost certainly won’t be at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah ‘threat’

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes that Mohamed Salah made a ‘threat’ to the Reds when he said he would definitely be at Anfield next season — because that means the possibility of him leaving as a free agent has opened up.

“What salary does a player in the top three in the world command?” Fowler wrote in a column for The Mirror. “He obviously believes it’s more than Liverpool are offering. But if my old club are running complex calculations, then so too is Salah — and it can never be a precise science.

“I think him saying no matter what happens with his contract, he’ll be at Anfield next year was clearly a threat. His calculation is that if he gets to leave Liverpool next summer on a free, with his salary and with a big bonus because there’s no fee, he’ll get that level of wages.

“But there’s another calculation, which I’m inclined to believe Liverpool are currently running. Will he still be the same player next summer? Look, he’s been one of the best in the world for a long time now. But since the turn of the year he’s been — by his standards — pretty average.”



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