Inside Football: Liverpool's Hunt for a Winger, and Sissoko's Next Destination
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to add another attacking option to his squad for next season.
AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah's agent, Ramy Abbas, recently caused a stir by posting a picture of his plane ticket to London (h/t Jordan Chamberlain of Empire of the Kop). Salah played in the Premier League previously with Chelsea and has progressed during his time in Italy.
This week on Inside Football, there's a look into the possibility of Salah's arrival at Anfield and analysis of the other options available to Klopp.
I also reveal the most likely destination for wantaway Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko, discuss which Manchester United player is taking Watford's fancy and provide an update on how Theo Walcott is feeling about life on the fringes at Arsenal.
Salah Set for Anfield?
The likelihood of Salah's move from Roma to Liverpool should become more clear at the weekend.
Klopp has been exploring various transfer options, and the Egyptian star is one of the men on his shortlist.
Salah scored 19 times and produced 13 assists for Roma last season, and his creativity and work rate put him on Liverpool's radar.
Those involved in talks are remaining coy, but initial negotiations between representatives have been progressing.
The situation regarding Salah and his chances of making the switch to Liverpool is likely to become more clear when he joins up with the Egypt national team on Saturday.
Interestingly, Salah was not initially the priority for the Reds.
Netherlands international Quincy Promes, who plays for Spartak Moscow, is highly rated by Klopp and his backroom team—but he is likely to prove out of reach because of his £40 million price tag.
Another Egyptian option who has been discussed at a high level is Stoke City's Ramadan Sobhi, although the indications are that any deal on that front would probably be more likely next year.
Sissoko's Chinese Challenge
After making just eight Premier League starts last season, Sissoko has decided he does not want to waste any more time at Tottenham.
His £30 million switch from Newcastle United in 2016 will go down as one of the worst deals in recent memory—and Spurs want to reclaim the cash.
Their options are limited because of his lack of game time, which is the reason the prospect of a move to China is opening up.
Interest from Chinese Super League clubs is to be taken seriously, as Tottenham realise it is the most likely opportunity they will have to get back the majority of their outlay on the player.
Talks with interested parties are beginning, and Sissoko is open to the situation.
Watford Want Man Utd 'keeper
Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has emerged as a target for Watford.
He had a successful loan spell at Aston Villa in 2017, but manager Steve Bruce has been told he has limited funds for this summer and cannot afford to make the move permanent.
Watford are looking into reinforcements between the sticks, and Johnstone fits the bill—particularly as he would boost their homegrown quota.
Johnstone, 24, has been through United's academy, but with a lack of first-team opportunities on the horizon at Old Trafford, he is willing to seriously consider finding a new long-term home.
Walcott to Stay Despite Frustration
Walcott found himself back on the Arsenal bench at the end of the season and did not feature in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea.
His future often comes into question, and after a campaign in which he found the net 19 times, it is easy to understand why he would be frustrated.
The 28-year-old is annoyed at losing his place in the side but will not be pushing for a transfer.
He is comfortable in the knowledge that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will select him next season. Until there are further signs that his manager does not have faith in him, he intends to stick around.