Liverpool have been urged to sign Paulo Dybala to replace Mohamed Salah if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new contract.
While he is at AFCON and his agent can still negotiate on his behalf while he’s playing in Cameroon, it does feel likely that any progress on contract negotiations will only take place when he returns.
That said, with each passing day, clubs interested in the former Chelsea star will grow bolder and bolder in their attempts to lure him away from Merseyside and the likes of PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona will look at his goalscoring track record and believe he can take them to the next level.
Liverpool should prepare for life without Salah by looking at Dybala
That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, who believes the Juventus star could be a capable Salah replacement.
“He’s probably the best player in the world at the moment. But if they can’t agree a deal then plans have to be made,” he told Football Insider.
“Diaz has arrived and he’s a quality signing. Dybala could be another one at the end of the season.
“He’s one of those world-class stars you want to see in the Premier League.
“If Salah stays, great, Liverpool will be in a great position. But there is a real chance he goes.
“It would be wrong for the club to not at least look at potential replacements.”
Are Liverpool interested and could Dybala replicate Salah’s contributions?
Liverpool reportedly made contact with Paulo Dybala to monitor his contract situation after he rejected a contract offer from Juventus.
Tuttomercato Web claims that Liverpool will submit an offer for Paulo Dybala with his contract expiring in the summer and so he could genuinely sign for the Reds if he reaches an agreement over personal terms.
According to Tancredi Palmieri, Liverpool have taken a more proactive approach to the situation.
He reported: “BOOM! Liverpool have got in contact with Dybala to monitor his situation about not extending [his] contract to Juventus.
“Dybala would be keen to move to Liverpool.”
Could he replicate Salah’s contributions at Anfield? Absolutely not. The last time they were on a level playing field in terms of attacking contributions was Salah’s final season at AS Roma.
That season, Dybala got 26 goals and 7 assists which was a genuinely fantastic return and I remember some fans wishing Liverpool signed him and not Salah. The Egyptian got 19 goals and 15 assists that season.
The next season he got 44 goals and 16 assists for Liverpool and has been incredible ever since but Dybala has struggled to match the same career path. He’s got 11 goals and 4 assists this season which is decent but still not on the same level as Salah.