Liverpool are reportedly leading the chase to land Douglas Costa as the club’s pursuit of Mohamed Salah shows no signs of reaching a breakthrough.
The Reds are one of number of top European clubs who are tracking the wantaway Bayern Munich star, according to Bild (via the Daily Express), and may move for Costa if they are thwarted in their attempts to land Salah from Serie A side Roma.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has lined Costa up as a suitable transfer replacement for 24-year-old Salah, with Roma dragging their heels over a supposed £40m fee for their star winger, although the Reds would face a massive task in convincing Costa to join them ahead of a host of other interested parties.
Costa struggled for regular game time at the Allianz Arena last season under Carlo Ancelotti. Of the 34 appearances that the 26-year-old made, only 20 of them came from the start and, coupled with niggling hamstring and knee injuries, restricted his time on the pitch under the Italian.
The Brazil international is now believed to be weighing up his future at the German giants, and his potential availability has sparked a transfer frenzy among a chasing pack of clubs including a number of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals.
Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are all said to be looking to beat the Reds to Costa’s signature if they can come to an agreement with Bayern over a possible transfer fee, while Italian heavyweights Juventus are also in the mix.
Re Bayern -players Renato Sanches and Douglas Costa.
Sanches can go on loan.
Costa can go for at least 35 mill euro fee
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) June 6, 2017
Costa would allegedly cost around £35m for anyone looking to make an official offer for his services – just £5m less than Liverpool would have to pay Roma for Salah – and his versatility at being able to play on either wing would prove to be an additional bonus for whoever managed to win the race to lure him away from Germany.
Klopp is keen to add attacking options to his first-team squad at Anfield as the German prepares for the extra fixture that will come next season with continental competition in the form of the Champions League.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund boss has already drafted in Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke for as little as £3m, and he had hoped that signing one-time Liverpoool target Salah would go some way to easing the goalscoring burden on the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho during the new campaign.
However, with Salah’s asking price rising and with reports suggesting the Egypt international would demand £90,000-a-week, Klopp could turn to other options like Costa to strengthen his senior squad.