Liverpool can now make £30m transfer move as door opens for Arne Slot to confirm first signing

Crysencio Summerville has been named this season's Championship player of the season
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Arne Slot begins his Liverpool tenure on Saturday ahead of the most important 12 months of his career - and he could start by swooping for one of the Championship's brightest stars.

Work will start immediately on a number of transfer issues with a handful of players backed to exit, including backup goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who is being tipped to leave to find more game time.

Mohamed Salah is heading towards the final year of his contract and indicated on social media that he will be staying on next season. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk are also both entering the last 12 months of their deal and are expected to hang fire over a renewal agreement.

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Keeping such key figures on board will be important in attracting the targets Slot wishes to bring in this summer. Atalanta stars Tuen Koopmeiners and Ederson have both been linked following their Europa League success, as has Leeds United attacker Crysencio Summerville.

The Dutchman did not have a similarly joyful end to the campaign as Leeds fell to Southampton in Sunday’s 1-0 Championship play-off defeat. Summerville had been named Championship player of the season but was hauled off in the second half amid an underwhelming display.

However, that should not detract from qualities he has shown throughout the campaign that earned him his accolade, including the 21 goals and 10 assists he recorded. Besides his statistics, his general play on the ball is reported to have impressed Liverpool.

The Reds could be looking for a left winger this summer if Luis Diaz leaves as has been mooted. Slot may well look for reinforcement in that area anyway with Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo deemed more effective as a striker.

Reports suggest that Summerville could be available for around £30m and Leeds are now in a poorer position to negotiate given their failure to return to the Premier League. Liverpool might even be able to barter down his supposed asking price as a result.

Leeds are not suspected to be in any hot water within Financial Fair Play and thus are not in a position whereby they need to sell assets before June 30, the end date for the current three-year cycle.

And Summerville himself claimed he wasn’t paying too much attention to the speculation surrounding his future ahead of Sunday’s crunch match. “If I’m honest with you, I don’t really know the clubs who are linked with me, I’m just busy with the season,” he told The Mirror.

Chelsea have also been linked with the 22-year-old, who has eight caps for the Netherlands Under-21s. Summerville has two years left on his deal. Fellow Leeds colleague Archie Gray has also been connected with a potential switch to Anfield.