Big-money marquee moves! That’s what we’ve all been craving ever since Fernando Torres joined the club a decade ago, and it looks like this is the summer we’ll finally get some. Liverpool have broken their transfer record twice already this summer — picking up Mohamed Salah for £38m and securing Naby Keïta for next year in a deal worth £55m — and while neither player was considered a household name until they were linked with the Reds, their transfer fees — even in this inflated market — tell their own story.
They still haven’t dipped their feet in the crazy bananas fees that are the new norm this summer, but if they are intent on following up on their interest in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, they might just have no choice. According to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, the French club insist their talented attacker just isn’t for sale, except maybe for €100m nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Which means that Liverpool’s £70m offer — now sans the Divock Origi loan deal sweetener — just isn’t going to cut it.
It remains to be seen if Liverpool deem the player talented enough to dispense with triple digit millions, but one thing is for sure; we are about to reach peak deadline day madness.