Leroy Sane is aware of Liverpool interest as he decides his future
Despite Liverpool's quiet January window, with manager Jurgen Klopp opting to maintain his squad as is until his departure at the season's end, speculation continues to swirl around potential signings.
The club has been linked with various talents, indicating a strategic eye on reinforcing the team for the new managerial reign.
Among those linked with a move to Anfield is Real Sociedad's midfielder Martin Zubimendi, whose style of play has drawn comparisons to Liverpool's potential future manager Xabi Alonso.
What's the transfer latest on Leroy Sane to Liverpool?
German football journalist Christian Falk, reporting for Bild, has suggested that Sane may not sign a contract extension with Bayern Munich due to interest from Liverpool.
He said: "That’s true, Leroy Sane is on the list at Liverpool FC. As far as I have heard, the Bayern player knows about this interest, but he has not yet decided how to proceed. He has changed his management and wants to decide in the summer. Of course, at Liverpool, Mo Salah might go to Saudi Arabia.
"In the summer, there was an offer, but Liverpool are still not sure whether to let their superstar go. I have heard that Liverpool can even imagine letting him go on a free transfer as they’ve already made their money back from what they paid Roma for him. A lot now depends on whether or not he leaves. Another problem is that in the end Sane decides he likes it better in Munich anyway and decides to stay."
Sane, known for his exceptional pace and versatility on the wings, could be an ideal addition to Liverpool's attack, especially if Salah were to leave.
His ability to excel on both flanks, particularly when cutting in on his left foot from the right, mirrors Salah's playing style, making him a fitting replacement for the Egyptian should he exit.
Diving deeper on Leroy Sane's potential move to Anfield in the summer
How does Jurgen Klopp leaving impact Sane joining Liverpool?
Klopp leaving doesn't just hurt Liverpool's chances of signing Sane but for all transfer targets.
The club is bigger than one man, of course, but there is no denying the charisma of the German coach and how he makes players feel.
However, Falk is reporting this now and it's public knowledge that Klopp will leave so if it may be that Sane simply wants to return to the Premier League.
How much does Leroy Sane get paid? Details of contract with Bayern Munich
Sane's contract with Bayern Munich expires in June 2025 so if they cannot agree a new deal with him before the end of the season, he will be sold.
Thiago Alcantara completed a similar move to the Reds a few years ago but Sane would be a more high-profile signing given his age.
Still only 28, he is in the prime of his career which surely appeals to Liverpool.
However, it will cost big. Aside from a potential transfer fee, they will need to pay him at least £280,000 per week which is what he earns at the Allianz Arena, according to Salary Sport..
Would Sane only join Liverpool if Mohamed Salah leaves?
Likely. Liverpool wouldn't be able to field both players without playing one out of position which doesn't seem likely to be something either would find agreeable.
Salah has been strongly linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League. Like Sane, his contract expires next year so the Reds may need to sell him at the end of the season if he rejects a new contract.