Rodrygo signs, Salah stays, Olmo decision - dream Liverpool forward line after £181m transfers

Real Madrid star Rodrygo has been tentatively linked with Liverpool
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Most of the speculation around Liverpool heading into the transfer window was that centre-back may be the position the club would prioritise this summer.

However, in recent weeks, several forwards have been linked with moves to Anfield, despite the fact that the Reds already have Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah in their ranks. But Liverpool's new incoming head coach, Arne Slot, will be tasked with assessing his squad during his first pre-season later this summer as he plans for his first season in charge.

It's at that point that Liverpool will make decisions regarding transfers, both in and out of the club. And below, the ECHO has taken a look at how Liverpool's forward line may look based on recent transfer speculation, although it is worth pointing out that some of the rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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Three new signings added

Where Liverpool plan on spending their summer transfer budget remains a mystery at this point, but a lot of the rumours point towards the wide-forward options. Three players have been frequently linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks that could end up being targets for the Reds if the speculation proves to be accurate.

Leeds United forward Crysencio Summerville has been extensively linked with the Reds, and there are suggestions Leeds United would demand £30 million to let the Championship player of the year leave Elland Road this summer.

RB Leipzig star Dani Olmo is another player to be linked with Liverpool. Olmo is capable of performing in several roles across the forward line and is reported to have a £51 million release clause that runs until mid-July.

Real Madrid star Rodrygo has also been tentatively linked with the Reds throughout the season, and those rumours intensified when the Brazilian hinted that his future could be away from the Santiago Bernabeu. There have also been suggestions that he could be available for around £103million this summer.

Liverpool have not been afraid to spend big in a summer window in the past for players that are deemed to be game-changers. All three players could cost £181million if the reported fees are to be believed, and it would certainly add valuable depth to the Reds' already impressive forward options.

Mohamed Salah decision

It wouldn't be a summer transfer window if there wasn't some form of speculation about Mohamed Salah's future. The Egyptian is contracted to Liverpool until 2025 and is about to head into the final 12 months of his deal.

As a result, rumours are bound to swirl around what may happen regarding the future of Liverpool's star forward this summer. There are likely to be links to the Saudi Pro League once again, where it remains to be seen if an actual offer will be made.

Regardless, Liverpool have a decision to make regarding Salah's future this summer. There are three options: sell him, extend his contract, or prepare for the forward to leave for free next summer.

Selling Salah this summer is not likely to be in Liverpool's thoughts unless a sizable offer is made. Therefore, the Reds would be interested in keeping the Egyptian at Anfield for as long as possible, but it remains to be seen if that involves an extension or signing a player with the intention of being his success in a year.

Luis Diaz exit

If Liverpool are to spend more than £180m on three new forwards, then it's logical to assume that at least one player will depart. And if Salah is going to stay at Anfield, then all the signs point towards Luis Diaz, perhaps being the player who leaves the club.

Diaz has been heavily linked with a move away from Liverpool in recent weeks, with Barcelona widely reported to have an interest in signing the Colombian international this summer.

Despite the reported interest, Diaz is contracted to Liverpool until 2027. Even if the interest does prove to be genuine, then the Reds would have every right to make sure they get the fee that matches their valuation of a player who signed for an initial fee of £37 million from Porto.

Liverpool, you suspect, would likely demand a fee higher than what they have already paid for the 27-year-old. Should all add-ons be activated, then the total fee for the Reds to pay would equate to £49million.

Liverpool's forward options after 'dream' transfer window: Darwin Nunez, Mohamed Salah, Crysencio Summerville, Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo, Dani Olmo, Rodrygo