Liverpool could pull off 'surprise' signing amid Salah contract latest: Whelan

By Noel Whelan

15th May, 2022 | 7:59am

Liverpool may have 'surprise' signing 'in the pipeline' after £80m+ Mohamed Salah reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has tipped either Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane to leave Liverpool this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested the Reds may want to cash in on a big-name star to free up funds and squad space for a “surprise” signing.

As revealed by Football Insider on Saturday (14 May), Liverpool are set for new contract talks with Salah, 29, over a deal that could be worth over £80million in total.

Meanwhile, this site also detailed (17 April) how the Reds are planning to offer Mane, 30, a new deal.

Both Salah and Mane are out of contract next summer.

However, Whelan suggested one of the pair could go to allow new signings through the Anfield door.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I do believe that one of them will go, whether it’s Salah or Mane. I’ve just got this gut feeling.

“I would love the two of them stay at Liverpool, I really would.

“It’s a really difficult proposition for Liverpool because I’m not sure what they would want to do. I would love to keep both of them, I really would.

I just think financially, for the club, you wouldn’t want to hold on any longer. It’s either you sign the two of them now and give them what they want for four years and you take everything out of the equation, or you bring in some capital where you’re going to use on a player for the longevity.

“I just think there might be something in the pipeline, there might be a surprise at the end of the season.

“Whether that’s a Jude Bellingham or another winger, you’ve got Carvalho coming from Fulham. That’s an extra winger already.”

In other news, Liverpool’s plan to announce a new signing can be revealed.