With the summer transfer window now open, things are already starting to heat up – and Liverpool simply must be busy. Jürgen Klopp’s side have work to do and new sporting director Jörg Schmadtke needs to find more good value in the market.
Liverpool have already signed Alexis MacAllister from Brighton in a deal that is off to an excellent start; now the reds need more, not only in midfield but also at the back.
Among the players either admired or considered by Liverpool are Mason Mount and Levi Colwill, although there is a longer list. That ECHO previously reported that Conor Gallagher could be another, but he appears to be further down the list in terms of importance.
There are of course other names beyond that, including Khéphren Thuram and Ryan Gravenberch, but this Chelsea trio is of particular intrigue given the situation Todd Boehly has overseen – wild levels of spending that could soon have Financial Fair Play implications ( FFP). which can give the Reds an opportunity.
“Chelsea have spent around $760m (£600m/€700m) in the last two transfer windows, which is absolutely crazy. There is a lot of focus on selling players this summer – it almost goes without saying.” Football.London’s Chelsea reporter Bobby Vincent told Liverpool.com.
“The one thing that Chelsea have in their favor is that they have a very big squad, so selling players shouldn’t be too much of a problem. And there are so many players that we would call ‘deadwood’ that to be sold this summer.
“In an ideal world, Chelsea would like to sell a few players before the June 30 deadline so that the money from the sale could go into its current accounting period. There are so many players now in talks with other clubs or have been approached in the recent period . a few days and I would expect plenty of movement over the next 14 days.”
Manchester United are the current leaders for England international Mount, with the 24-year-old commanding a huge price tag considering he only has 12 months left on his contract, but he also looks set to be ideal for Liverpool.
“It looks very unlikely that Mount will stay at the moment, but Chelsea are essentially trying to price teams out of a move for him. Manchester United had a $51m (£40m/€47m) bid rejected for him on Wednesday, which is $38m (£30m/€35m) of what Chelsea have asked for,” continued Vincent.
“Manchester United feel they can get him cheaper given his contract situation, but Chelsea still feel as if they can persuade Mount to stay. However, the club have not offered him any kind of deal since January, and even that was an extension of a year.that slightly confused Mount and his representatives.
“Mount wants this sorted quickly. He’s still on holiday at the moment but will return to individual training soon and that’s where he’ll try to figure out what’s going to happen next season.”
Whether Liverpool (or anyone else) would be willing to pay as much as $89m (£70m/€82m) for Mount seems highly unlikely, but perhaps the price could be driven down as the FFP deadline – just 15 days away – approaches themselves.
Arsenal according to The times, are pushing for Kai Havertz, who is valued at a similar amount to Mount, but it is not yet clear exactly how much money Chelsea will need to bring in before the end of the month. There may need to be more sales than just one or two before then, and the closer the deadline gets, the more backed into a corner Chelsea will be.
“I think there might be a time when the club might have to let some players go they’d rather keep, but I don’t think that’s the case with Colwill,” explained Vincent.
“I can’t stress enough how highly Chelsea think of him. This was always their plan with Colwill; to loan him out to a Premier League team, see him flourish and then integrate him into the first team. From everything I’ve been told, I can’t see a world where Colwill leaves Chelsea this summer.
“I was told back in April that 10-plus players are expected to leave. Now, it’s vague and looking at their squad list – if I had to give an estimate, I’d say somewhere between 12 and 15 .”
Among that number will be some underrated gems and players that Chelsea might even recognize as being important but have no choice but to let go. Liverpool, with Mount and Colwill in particular, should the opportunity arise, but there could be others worth considering as well.