Liverpool tipped to exploit Chelsea ‘chaos’ and secure ‘two marquee signings’ this summer
Liverpool legend Steve McManaman thinks his former club will “have the finances” to sign Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount from Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.
The Reds are expected to be busy this summer as they look to strengthen their squad.
They are perhaps at their weakest in midfield and much of their budget is expected to go into adding more quality in the middle of the pitch.
It is well-known that Jurgen Klopp’s side are looking to sign Bellingham from Bundesliga side Dortmund, but they are facing competition from the likes of Man City and Real Madrid.
With Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner out of contract this summer, Liverpool are likely to bring in two midfielders even if they do recruit Bellingham.
They are known to be admirers of Mount, who will be sold this summer if he decides not to extend his current Chelsea contract which is due to expire in 2024.
McManaman is expecting that Mount “will move to another Premier League club” this summer.
“I can see [Mount] moving to another Premier League club, but I could say that about any Chelsea player. Chelsea have so many players in their team that something has to give,” McManaman told Betfred.
“They have 30 or so professional players in their squad right now and that’s not even counting the players they’ve got out on loan, so if you’re a Chelsea player, then you’d be knocking on the door of the manager, or whoever’s making those decisions, and asking what on earth is going on and if you’re going to play.
“If you’re Mason Mount, then you’re going to want to play every single game and if you’re suddenly in limbo because you don’t know what’s going on with all the new players getting brought in around you, then you’re going to want to know what’s going to happen regarding your future.
“A number of Chelsea players have to leave anyway because it’s just chaos for a manager to deal with it all, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if one of them was Mason and there would be a host of Premier League clubs that would take him.”
He also feels that Liverpool will be able to sign Bellingham and Mount if the players are open to a move to Anfield.
“In regards to Liverpool going in for Mason, then it all depends on finances. I could see them getting two marquee signings, no problem at all. I don’t mean in the sense that they can bring in Jude Bellingham and Kylian Mbappé, because that’s far too much money,” McManaman added.
“I don’t know how much Mason Mount would cost but I do believe Liverpool could afford to bring in two good midfielders because I believe Liverpool have the finances this summer, I really do.”
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