Liverpool 'agree on terms' over £67m transfer as Real Madrid ace makes cryptic Mohamed Salah comment

Liverpool ‘agree on terms’ over £67m transfer as Real Madrid ace makes cryptic Mohamed Salah comment

Welcome to the Daily Media Digest. From transfers to tweets, keeping up with everything Anfield can be difficult. Credible, unbelievable and everything in between: we collect it all here in one place and take a sideways look at everyday media happenings from around the world.

Fabinho digs in Richarlison

Fabinho chose the perfect set of photos to capture the derby day victory over Everton. On the right a photo of Divock Origi drinking in the worship of the Cup. On the left, Richarlison holding his face, after his compatriot’s lightest brushes.

The Everton striker reveled in his role as a villain, slowing the game down at every possible turn. Unfortunately for him, that time could not be reclaimed as Liverpool took the lead – and it was another Brazilian who had the last laugh. Alisson arguably produced the moment of the season for a second running campaign, when he fell dramatically to the grass after a routine save, copying Jordan Pickford’s previous antics.

Fabinho clearly enjoyed coming out of the shenanigans victorious, and his social media post was a small but clear dig at Richarlison. For those complaining of a loss of passion and needle from the game, this was a strong counterpoint.

Liverpool considering crypto sponsor

Liverpool are considering the possibility of partnering with a cryptocurrency firm to sponsor the shirt from 2023, according to the Athletic.

Standard Chartered’s deal expires next year and FSG is looking at options in terms of alternatives. The club are in talks to extend the existing deal, which is currently worth £40 million a year, but are also exploring other options, across sectors as diverse as electronics, media and tourism.

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More than one company from the world of crypto is being considered. This would certainly lead to a backlash, with many fans skeptical of the emerging sector’s merits. Somehow Liverpool hope to close a deal within eight weeks.

Asensio speaks about Salah

Real Madrid star Marco Asensio has spoken about Mohamed Salah. His comments can be understood in two ways.

Speaking to the Egyptian media (via ECHO), he said:

“Mohamed Salah is one of the best players in the world and he has been at the forefront of football for many years. He is at a great club like Liverpool, who have fought and struggled for years to win great titles.

“Salah, in short, is a player with a special and great talent and a very good left foot that he plays with distinction. It is always a pleasure to see a match in which he plays.”

In the past, glowing words of praise from a Real Madrid player would have set alarm bells ringing at Anfield. The Bernabeu has not often been mentioned as a potential destination for Salah, with efforts seemingly focused on Kylian Mbappe, but the Spanish giants are certainly one of the few clubs that could afford him.

However, Asensio seems to praise Liverpool as much as Salah. He was once one of the best prospects in the Spanish capital, but his own future is now in doubt, so he may be trying to pave the way for a possible transfer to Anfield. Still only 26, it’s an intriguing possibility.

Or maybe there is no hidden agenda at all. Anyway, it’s nice to see Salah getting the recognition he deserves.

‘Conditions agreed’ with exciting attacker

Liverpool were somewhat inevitably linked with Benfica forward Darwin Núñez after the Uruguayan performed well on both legs of the Champions League quarter-final. According to reports cited by Sports Illustrated, this interest has accelerated and personal terms have since been agreed with the player.

This would certainly be a transfer coup. Although the links were easy to manufacture, it seems highly likely that Liverpool would be interested. FSG continue to renew their frontline and Núñez is one of Europe’s most exciting young forwards.

At 22, he would be the youngest of a ‘next-gen’ trio with Diogo Jota and Luis Díaz – a frontline formed in Portugal. Pep Lijnders, one of the contenders to eventually succeed Jürgen Klopp, also cut his teeth in that competition: this could be a future dream attack for him.

While Núñez is undoubtedly an exciting prospect, it would be premature to get too excited right now. Sports Illustrated seems to be doing little more than collecting rumours, and there’s still a long way to go before such a transfer is even remotely confirmed. Even if truly personal terms have been agreed, there is the small matter of negotiating with Benfica, who reportedly value their striker in the region of £67million.

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