Liverpool can save funds for Sancho by signing £15m giant as Firmino cover

Liverpool are reportedly one of the sides interested in signing Genk forward Paul Onuachu this summer, with the forward valued at £15million by Transfermarkt.

Ibrahima Konate is set to become Liverpool’s first signing of the summer and if Michael Edwards plays his cards right, he could hand Jurgen Klopp the initiative in the 2020/21 Premier League title race.

The French defender’s arrival means the club’s defensive injury crisis is over but with more arrivals expected, the right tweaks could see Liverpool’s squad dramatically become the best in the league in the space of a couple of short months.

The key now is for the right attackers to be spent and so it’s vital that Liverpool spend their money wisely.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on May 23, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images)

A report from Fichajes.net suggests that Liverpool are one of the sides interested in signing Paul Onuachu and with Transfermarkt valuing him at £15.3million, he could be the type of player that would make a smart choice to bring in to provide competition to Roberto Firmino.

More importantly, it would mean that Klopp and Edwards don’t waste too much cash on a backup striker which would allow them to explore the possibility of signing Jadon Sancho, who is reportedly available for around £75million.

Signing the Englishman would equal the club’s standing record transfer fee that was set when Virgil van Dijk joined the club for £75million.

The Reds also spent £66.8million on Alisson Becker and what was unique about these two deals was that the club usually doesn’t sign established world-class stars, preferring to sign the likes of Mo Salah as they’re on the cusp of greatness.

Alisson and Virgil van Dijk.
DOHA, QATAR – DECEMBER 21: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool with the FIFA Club World Cup at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Onuacho got 35 goals and 5 assists for Genk this season and stands at an unbelievable 2.01m (6ft5) and while Liverpool don’t really play with a target man, for a player of his size, he has a frightening turn of pace.

If the Nigerian doesn’t fit the bill for Liverpool – which isn’t a stretch of the imagination – a realistic target could be Donyell Malen, who got 27 goals and 10 assists for PSV Eindhoven this term.

The Dutchman would cost a little more than Onuachu but he’d be a better fit in all fairness and there’s a chance it could still leave enough funds for Liverpool to sign Sancho this summer.

With a front three of Mane at left-wing, Salah at centre-forward and Sancho on the right, Liverpool would have the best front three in the Premier League as well as arguably the most creative right flank in the world.

Sancho, Thiago and Trent Alexander-Arnold all operating on the same side of the pitch could be overkill to be honest.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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