Liverpool could sign bargain Mohamed Salah successor as Jürgen Klopp alerted to $64m price drop

Mohamed Salah still has plenty to offer for Liverpool, but Jürgen Klopp could spot another talented winger in Serie A who is available for a bargain price of $43m.

While most of the focus will be on Liverpool’s midfield department this summer, the Reds will not only focus there. There is also a need to sign a defender and Jürgen Klopp hasn’t ruled out a move for another forward either.

That is what makes links with one Serie A star interesting, though there are a few caveats to get through. Liverpool and Bayern Munich, ‘above all’ other clubs, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport (print edition, via Paisley Gates), are keen on Juventus and Italy star Federico Chiesa.

The report claims that Jürgen Klopp could sign Chiesa for as little as $43m (£34m/€40m) as the Italian side looks to raise funds, but the 25-year-old has missed a lot of football through injury — 62 matches over the last two seasons, according to Transfermarkt.

Chiesa was one of the brightest sparks at the European Championships for Italy, while becoming a key feature for a Juventus side that has struggled without him when he has been missing.

Since then, though, a cruciate ligament rupture saw him on the sidelines for some time, and he has struggled with other issues too. If he can get over those, however, he could be a perfect fit for Jürgen Klopp’s system, and could even be a long-term replacement for Mohamed Salah.

Of course, Liverpool’s Egyptian star is set to remain on Merseyside for the next two seasons at least. But as well as looking to the more distant future, adding depth in the style that has brought Manchester City such success is a way that FSG can close the gap, after narrowly missing out on two league titles in recent years.

Chiesa, who had stalled slightly in comparison to his high expectations because of injuries, still possesses the raw talent and pace that Klopp looks for in a wide man. He is able to be deployed across the entire forward line and, now 25, the Italy international is at an age where he is on the cusp of world-class status.

His injury troubles offer concerns, and while he recaptures his sharpness, Liverpool will be keeping a close eye on whether he has maintained the pace that has previously so troubled defenders in isolated situations, much in the manner that the Anfield crowd is used to seeing from Luis Díaz.

But positively, it is now unlikely that Juventus will be able to demand the fee of more than $107m (£86m/€100m), according to La Repubblica, that they were looking for after the European Championships. A figure of less than half of that ($64m less, in fact) has been suggested, as mentioned earlier, at which point Chiesa might be worth the gamble.

As Harvey Elliott continues to develop his game as a central midfielder, the acquisition of Chiesa would allow him to continue to gain more minutes in those areas.

Undoubtedly, he does require some work on the defensive on his game, but that is a factor that will come with experience. In terms of attacking aspects, the former Fulham academy star has been a standout performer for Klopp’s side this season — and there are question marks over whether he has the pace to ever be a genuine wide option for Liverpool.

Chiesa is not an obvious target, but he could be an under-the-radar gem for a variety of reasons.