Liverpool backed to replace Salah or Mane with Werner as Firmino transfer message sent

Liverpool could sell Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane and sign Timo Werner as a replacement, transfer expert Duncan Castles claims. Castles also reckons the Reds will be desperate to keep hold of Roberto Firmino this summer. Salah and Mane have been linked with moves away from Anfield, with Real Madrid tipped to move for the forwards.

Their Liverpool team-mate Firmino is also a target for Bayern Munich, with the Bundesliga giants willing to pay £75m for the striker.

And Castles says Liverpool could move for Leipzig hitman Werner if they lose Salah or Mane this summer.

However, Castles insists Firmino is harder to replace and Liverpool are more likely to offer the Brazil international a new contract rather than let him join Bayern.

He said on the Transfer Window podcast: “He’s a player who knows the Bundesliga well. He’s 28 now so if you’re going to take a player like that then this would be the time do do it. We know [Robert] Lewandowski’s been trying to leave Bayern for some time.

“He’s been pushed around big clubs in Europe. He will have to be replaced at some point.

“The difficulty is getting Firmino out of Liverpool. Liverpool have to look at a replacement strategy for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, who both have ambitions to play in Spain at some point in their careers.

“They’re also coveted by the biggest Spanish clubs. Liverpool are very much in control in the situation in terms of the contracts.

“They can choose when to sell them and they can do so for a huge amount of money. They can also bring in replacements such as Timo Werner.

“You can see, with his pace and his physicality, he’s a fit for Klopp’s style of football. He’s a good alternative to Mane or Salah.


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“You could argue Firmino is the hardest one to replace. That complex link, shadow nine role he plays.

“You have to get a more specific type of forward in there to replace him.

“If I was Firmino’s agent, I would be welcoming talks with Bayern Munich, asking how much they’re willing to pay.

“Bring that information back to Liverpool and discuss a pay rise. They can ask Liverpool to match or better Bayern’s offer.

“If I’m Liverpool I’m going to give him a pay rise and keep him at the club.”

Germany international Werner has talked up a move to Liverpool, insisting he’d love to play under Jurgen Klopp.

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