Liverpool may see the total number of player exits hit 12 this summer with sales on the horizon for a quintet who could generate £100m in transfer fees.
The Reds recently published their retained list which confirmed the departure of seven stars. Divock Origi was the headline name on the list, with the cult favourite now free to wrap up a move to AC Milan.
Loris Karius, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn are also now free to seek new challenges elsewhere. Young trio Elijah Bonnar-Dixon, Luis Longstaff and Sean Wilson have also made way.
But while those seven haven’t generated fees due to their contracts expiring, a report has detailed five players the Reds will bring £100m in for if they get their way.
The first and most high-profile name who could depart is Sadio Mane.
The Senegalese is a modern day Liverpool legend, though after six outstanding years on Merseyside, Mane now wants out.
Liverpool’s blossoming pursuit of Darwin Nunez could accelerate Mane’s departure to Bayern Munich. The German side are the primary contender to sign Mane at present, though they’ll have to improve on their first two bids.
Their latest totalled just £30m with Liverpool holding out for £42.5m. The fact around £9m of Bayern’s £30m bid was earmarked for difficult-to-obtain add-ons irked the Reds’ hierarchy.
Minamino, Oxlade-Chamberlain to follow Mane out
Fellow forward Takumi Minamino has also been told he can leave if a £17m bid is lodged. Leeds United may rekindle their January interest with the Japanese well known to Whites boss Jesse Marsch through their time at RB Salzburg.
According to This is Anfield’s David Lynch, Southampton, Wolves, Fulham and Monaco are also exploring a deal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the third who could recoup a fee, though it’ll be far lower than the £35m Liverpool paid Arsenal in 2017.
The midfielder has emerged as a surprise candidate to join Man Utd. Newcastle and West Ham appear far more viable destinations if Liverpool’s reported £10m valuation is met.
Finally, defenders Neco Williams and Nat Phillips round out the five-man list.
Liverpool want £15m for each and both may wind up back at the clubs they won promotion to the Premier League with while on loan last season.
Williams remains a target for Fulham, while Phillips is on Bournemouth’s radar.
Next phase in Klopp’s Liverpool?
If Mane leaves, he’ll become the first essential part of Jurgen Klopp’s side to leave while the German is at the helm since Philippe Coutinho.
However, Luis Diaz’s arrival was brought forward six months when Tottenham began to explore a move in January. And with the Darwin Nunez signs looking positive, Liverpool’s new-look attack won’t lack for firepower.
Ibrahima Konate was the preferred choice in the Champions League last season and recently made his senior debut for France. Few would be surprised to see Konate replace Joel Matip as Virgil van Dijk’s primary partner next season.
Elsewhere, Liverpool have already wrapped up an agreement to bring Fulham’s Fabio Carvalho on board. The 19-year-old isn’t expected to be loaned out and may play a bigger role than some may expect from the off.