According to media reports in Spain, Liverpool are looking for a Real Madrid star to replace Mohamed Salah in the January transfer window.
Saudi outfit Al Ittihad tabled a series of bids for Salah at the end of the summer transfer window, including a massive bid worth €175 million.
Liverpool refused to sell their asset and have been rewarded with two goals and four assists from the Egyptian in five games at the start of the new Premier League season.
Al Ittihad are expected to return with another bid for Salah in January and Liverpool could be tempted to cash in if the club are not in the title race at that point.
According to Spanish newspaper Fichajes, Liverpool are interested in signing Real Madrid winger Rodrygo as Salah’s replacement if he leaves in January.
However, it is said that Real Madrid are unlikely to let the Brazilian leave, unless an ‘extraordinary’ offer comes from Merseyside.
Rodrygo, 22, has scored 32 goals in 171 games for Real Madrid and is widely regarded as one of the best young talents in world football.
The CIES Football Observatory estimates Rodrygo’s transfer value at €200m, making him the fourth most valuable player in the world behind club-mates Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham, and Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.
Liverpool could have signed Rodrygo for just three million euros in 2017, a year before Real Madrid bought him from Santos.
According to The Guardian, former Brazil and Manchester City midfielder Elano persuaded then Santos president Modesto Roma Junior to abandon plans to sell Rodrygo to Liverpool.
Elano was working as an assistant coach at Santos and a 16-year-old like Rodrygo had yet to make his first-team debut for the Brazilian club.
Liverpool’s bid eventually fell through, allowing Real Madrid to sign the Brazilian for €45m next year. And it will certainly take a lot more than that for Jurgen Klopp to finally get his man in the January transfer market.