Arne Slot handed early transfer boost for £30m star 'scouted' by Liverpool

New Liverpool manager Arne Slot
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Liverpool could have been handed a huge transfer boost thanks to Southampton beating Leeds United in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

The two sides, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, faced off at the home of English football on Sunday afternoon. The Saints went on to claim a 1-0 victory thanks to a first-half goal from Adam Armstrong.

As a result, Southampton will be joining Liverpool in playing Premier League football next season, where Arne Slot will have his first season as head coach at Anfield. Russell Martin's side have been promoted alongside Leicester City and Ipswich Town as the newest additions to the top flight for the 2024/25 campaign.

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Reports earlier this month claimed that Leeds may need to have a 'fire sale' of some of their star players in the event they failed to secure promotion from the Championship. One such player who could be heading for the exit door is Crysencio Summerville, who was linked with a move to Liverpool.

Rumours in recent weeks have claimed that the Reds have been scouting Summerville across the campaign. There have even been suggestions that Leeds could demand a fee in the region of £30 million to let the forward leave Elland Road this summer.

If the aforementioned report is to be believed, Leeds could be forced to let Summerville leave the club when the transfer window opens. Should that be the case, and the other reports prove to be accurate, then Liverpool could be in the running to bring the forward to Anfield.

Summerville was named the Championship Player of the Season for his performances for Leeds. The forward scored 21 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions this season, with such form leading to speculation that he could join a new club this summer - with such rumours only likely to increase after Leeds' failed promotion bid.