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14th Feb 2019

Juventus reportedly plotting player plus cash deal for Liverpool’s Mo Salah

Juventus are plotting a move for Liverpool's Mo Salah and are willing to part with one of their best players plus cash in order to make it happen

Reuben Pinder

They’ll face a big challenge in persuading Liverpool to sell Salah.

If you asked Liverpool fans which players in their current squad were irreplaceable, the most common answers would probably be Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah.

Van Dijk is the glue that holds their defence together, while Salah finishes off most attacking moves with his lethal finishing. His goals have become invaluable.

Consequently, it would take an astronomical bid to convince Liverpool to even consider letting the Egyptian leave. But Juventus are reportedly willing to offer £175m, as well as chucking Paulo Dybala into the offer as a makeweight, according to Italian paper Tuttosport.

Dybala is understood to be unhappy with his current situation at Juve. The Argentine forward stormed straight down the tunnel during their recent 3-3 draw with Parma after manager Max Allegri opted to bring Emre Can off the bench as his final substitution.

While Liverpool may not want to sell Salah, they could do much worse than Dybala coming in as a replacement. The diminutive, versatile striker is adept at playing through the middle or cutting in from the right as Salah has done during his time at Liverpool.

Juventus have denied the reports, with sporting director Fabio Paratici asserting that Dybala will stay put. Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Paratici said: “Dybala remains. Only those who want to leave go away from Juventus. I repeat, our players are difficult to improve.

“With who can we improve on Dybala? Hard. Messi perhaps, already with Neymar I would have doubts.

“And Dybala is one that you always have at the end. Play all the games, he is present. When you look at the team you always find the sign of Dybala.”

But with Juventus desperately trying to cut their wage bill after signing Cristiano Ronaldo and more recently Aaron Ramsey, letting Dybala go could become increasingly likely the closer we get to the summer transfer window.

He has only scored eight goals this season for Juve, with his last coming in December.

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