Liverpool, who just lost Sadio Mane after leaving for Bayern Munich, are now starting to target Rodrygo from Real Madrid.
Rodrygo is projected to be a replacement for Sadio Mane at Real Madrid.
Sadio Mane’s six-year tenure at Anfield ended earlier this month.
The Senegalese striker chose to move to Bundesliga team Bayern Munich in a transfer worth 35 million pounds.
Mane is set to become a free agent at the end of next season, and Liverpool rejected two offers from the Bavarian giants before a deal was reached.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have signed Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez to offset the impact of Mane’s departure, but Mohamed Salah’s future remains in question.
As a result, Spanish outlet El Nacional claim that Klopp has identified Rodrygo as a potential replacement for Mane, and the Brazil international is not 100 per cent happy at the Bernabeu.
Rodrygo was instrumental in Real’s run to the Champions League trophy last season, coming off the bench to score crucial goals against Chelsea and Manchester City in the knockout stages.
The former Santos starlet recorded nine goals and 10 assists in 49 games for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in all tournaments last season, but he failed to secure a place in the starting XI.
Amid competition from Marco Asensio and Federico Valverde on the right-hand side of attack, Rodrygo started 17 games in La Liga and only came on in the last minute of the Champions League final.
The 21-year-old is said to be dissatisfied with his role under Ancelotti, who still views him as a player who can make an impact off the bench rather than as a guaranteed starter.
The report adds that Liverpool have informally made a €60m offer to Real president Florentino Perez, but Rodrygo is prioritizing becoming a star at Real.
Even if Klopp plans to put him, with Salah and Luis Diaz as the first choice striker.
Rodrygo arrived in the Spanish capital for a fee of £40.5m from Santos aged 18 in 2019, and since then the forward has racked up 18 goals and 21 assists in 108 games for Los Blancos.
The Brazil international with five caps has won the Champions League, two La Liga titles and two Supercopa de Espana crowns with Real Madrid.
He won’t be a free agent until 2025.
Despite having agreed to Mane’s departure, Liverpool are thought to be ready to part with Salah for a fee of £60m amid contract uncertainty.
The 30-year-old, as it stands, is set to leave Anfield on a free transfer within 12 months, and Liverpool chiefs are desperate to avoid that scenario coming to fruition.
However, Salah confirmed that he plans to stay at Liverpool next season before the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.