The departure of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was the center of attention in the second half of this summer’s transfer market.
Although there was serious interest and a huge offer arrived from Saudi Arabia, which has been aggressively reinforcing its squad, the club was quick to reject the offer, as it could not afford to lose its mainstay for the season.
Nevertheless, it is expected that the same heat will be turned on them this winter and next summer, and the possibility that they will be forced to sell the Egyptian winger, who has a contract remaining until June 2025, cannot be ruled out. There could also be an option to use the funds to invest in the next generation.
So, the new focus of attention is who will succeed Egyptian King. There are no left-handers in the current forward lineup, and while the names of various candidates are being discussed in the media, Liverpool has added Wolves forward Pedro Neto to the list, according to the international media outlet FootballTransfers.
The Portuguese winger, with his menacing speed and sharp dribble penetration, has been with Wolverhampton Wanderers since 2019. In total, he has 12 goals and 17 assists in 118 games and is an attacking option and a counter-starter.
The 23-year-old winger has created numerous chances from the right wing this season, but Wolves will not easily let him go and will have to offer a reasonable fee. According to the paper, Liverpool are currently not satisfied with the asking price, but are prepared to add £20 million to it only if Mohamed Salah is sold for a large sum of money.
His age and ability are overwhelmingly attractive, and one can imagine him playing an active role in Liverpool, where high-speed counters are also a specialty.
However, his scoring ability itself is not so high, and he is not a good enough successor to the Egyptian winger, who has an explosive scoring sense.
How will Liverpool solve the most difficult problem of finding a successor to Salah?