Michael Edwards masterclass would see Liverpool sign two forwards for £52m – opinion

Michael Edwards would pull off a masterclass if he signed Raphinha and Donyell Malen this summer.

While the Reds need to sign competition for Roberto Firmino, I believe that Liverpool need to sign two new forwards to replace Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri as both are headed for summer exits.

Raphinha and Malen are perfect for Liverpool and would sort the two issues that Jurgen Klopp has in attack: no healthy competition for Firmino and a lack of cover for Mohamed Salah.

Why Raphinha and what would it take to sign him?

The Brazilian will be difficult to sign. There is no dancing around the fact that Leeds United will demand a huge fee for his signature, with Transfermarkt conservatively valuing him at £27million.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Raphinha of Leeds United challenges Dara O'Shea of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road on May 23, 2021 in Leeds, England.
LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Raphinha of Leeds United challenges Dara O’Shea of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road on May 23, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron – Pool/Getty Images)

It’s easy to understand why. The former Rennes winger only joined Marcelo Bielsa’s side last summer for £17m and so he still has three years left on his contract after a season in which he scored 8 goals and assisted 11.

That’s an amazing return for his first season in English football and now with the 24-year-old ready to kick on and become one of the best forwards in the Premier League, Leeds will be desperate to hold onto him.

He’d be the perfect player to provide cover and competition for Salah as he offers a unique style of play where his dribbling ability and ability to go beyond players contrasts with Salah’s all-encompassing desire to score goals.

Why Malen and what would it take to sign him?

It would be a lot easier to sign Malen even if he builds on his already impressive showing at the EUROs, with PSV Eindhoven reportedly only looking for around £25million this summer.

ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 6: Donyell Malen of the Netherlands and Guram Kashia of Georgia during the International Friendly match between Netherlands and Georgia at FC Twente Stadion on June 6, 2021 in Enschede, Netherlands.
ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS – JUNE 6: Donyell Malen of the Netherlands and Guram Kashia of Georgia during the International Friendly match between Netherlands and Georgia at FC Twente Stadion on June 6, 2021 in Enschede, Netherlands. (Photo by Andre Weening/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

He’s still only 22 and has a very high ceiling on his potential. He got 37 goals and assists this season, earning a spot in the Netherlands’ European Championships squad which has dominated Group C with two wins from two against the Ukraine and Austria.

Their final game of the group stages could see Malen get his first start of the tournament as Frank de Boer looks to rest Wout Weghorst which would give Liverpool fans a chance to watch him live.

His pace, versatility and finishing make him the ideal player to provide cover for Roberto Firmino.

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

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