Liverpool could have four transfer targets to match Arne Slot's obsession

Santiago Gimenez of Feyenoord, Feyenoord coach Arne Slot, Quinten Timber of Feyenoord, Ramiz Zerrouki of Feyenoord, Calvin Stengs of Feyenoord during the TOTO KNVB Cup final match between Feyenoord and NEC Nijmegen in Feyenoord Stadium de Kuip on April 21, 2024 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Arne Slot's 'obsession' could lead Liverpool to certain transfer targets. -Credit:ANP via Getty Images

Arne Slot looks set to become the new Liverpool manager. Once in place, planning for next season can really kick into gear.

That’s not to say Liverpool won’t have been drawing up provisional transfer plans already. The return of Michael Edwards to the FSG setup signalled a shift in power, one which was in many ways inevitable once a central figure like Jürgen Klopp stepped aside.

Edwards has already appointed Richard Hughes as the new sporting director, and it’s thought that former loans manager David Woodfine will return to Liverpool as his assistant. Between them, they will hold significant sway over the club’s recruitment choices, with Slot having to, er, slide into that structure if he gets the job.

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But nobody wants an adversarial model, and Slot’s preferences will undoubtedly feed into the transfer process. And The Athletic is in little doubt about what those preferences are. They reported that he "loves wingers" and regularly asked Feyenoord's recruitment department to keep signing wide players for his team.

It’s been noted elsewhere that Slot loves goals from cut-backs, which feeds further into this narrative. He’d be inheriting a pretty exciting crop of Liverpool talent in this respect, with Luis Díaz an archetypal winger, Mohamed Salah one of the best to do it in the last decade, Cody Gakpo having thrived out wide in the Netherlands, and Darwin Núñez still searching for his best role.

But amid question marks over the future of at least some of those players, could Slot seek to bolster the front line further? It’s surely a possibility, and we’ve already seen transfer links to a number of players who would feed his obsession with wingers.


Surely the pick of the bunch, Rodrygo would shoot straight up alongside Díaz in the ‘classic winger’ category. Not afraid of take-ons and with pace to burn, the Real Madrid star would be a welcome addition to almost any side.

The main question is one of availability. But Cadena Ser suggests that the expected arrival of Kylian Mbappé could provide an opportunity, with Liverpool having established ‘contact’ to sound out that possibility.

It could take as much as $108m (£86m/€100m) to get him out, assuming he’s even open to leaving. But it would be a statement transfer for the man who loves wingers.

Nico Williams

Staying in La Liga, this transfer window is surely the one where Nico Williams gets his move. In an Athletic Club side once dominated by his brother, he has firmly established his own credentials.

Equally comfortable on either flank, Williams has enjoyed his most productive campaign when it comes to goal contributions. Three goals and five assists came in the Copa del Rey, which Athletic won to end a long trophy drought.

Still just 21, Williams would be an exciting addition for Liverpool, who was linked with a transfer by 90MIN back in February. With as much focus on assisting as scoring, it’s easy to see him fitting into Slot’s vision.

Federico Chiesa

Linked with Liverpool long before Slot was on the scene, Federico Chiesa has most recently been touted for Anfield by TuttoSport. The Juventus winger has just over a year left on his contract.

At 26, and having suffered serious injury problems, he is perhaps not the explosive winger he once was, often operating in more central roles this season. But as another wide player who is happy to turn playmaker, he could provide Slot with an interesting option as he looks to create service for those arriving in the middle.

Bryan Mbuemo

If there’s one player whom Slot and Edwards can unite behind, it might be Bryan Mbuemo. Fichajes have previously linked him to Liverpool, and he’s repeatedly appeared in the data over the years as a stylistic match for Salah.

Regardless of whether or not Slot gets to keep hold of the Egyptian King this summer, Liverpool will need to start looking to the future soon. And Mbuemo, while potentially not the most glamorous candidate, ticks a lot of boxes.

Also having suffered a serious injury, there’s potential concern for the Liverpool recruitment department there. But when fit, the Brentford man is a creative hub, offering a significant goal threat too.

At 24, he’s just the right age for a Liverpool switch too. His output looks as though it could scale up in a well-coached Reds side.