€60M for 22-year-old: Jorg Schmadtke could trigger another release clause

Liverpool sporting director should be keeping his eye on Real Sociedad attacker Takefusa Kubo if there is any willingness to sell Mohamed Salah in the 2024 summer transfer window.

There isn't a player on the planet that the Saudi Pro League will want more than the Egyptian winger.

He's the most iconic Arab athlete on the planet and given his incredible success with Liverpool and the wealth of Saudi clubs, the Reds should be able to demand over £150 million.

If PSG were able to get €90m (£86.3m) for Neymar despite his terrible luck with injuries since his move to the French capital, Liverpool will certainly be able to demand more although Salah's contract in 2025.

Al Hilal reportedly agreed to pay Neymar £129.4m per year which takes the true value of the transfer into a stratospheric realm.

Should Salah leave before his contract ends, which would be way more of a disaster than we can imagine, they're gonna need the next top young attacker to replace him.

The 22-year-old Japan international is left-footed, like Salah, although his dribbling style is possible even more Lionel Messi-esque than the Liverpool forward's.

Like the great Argentine forward, Kubo is also brilliant at shifting the ball and taking a shot with little to no backlift. He only needs half a yard to test the goalkeeper.

Still only 22, the sky is the limit. Last season he got nine goals and nine assists in La Liga after joining Real Sociedad permanently from Real Madrid.

Returning to face his old side on the weekend, he reminded them why he's such a dangerous player, passing the ball through the eye of the needle to assist Ander Barrenetxea.

While the Los Blancos eventually won the game 2-1, Kubo was a threat for the full 90 minutes and may have put himself in the shop window this season.

Salah might leave next summer and while it's difficult to imagine life without him, Liverpool need to make sure they aren't going to let him leave without immediately replacing him.

After signing him for just €6.5m (£5.5m), Real Sociedad stand to make a very tidy profit should they sell him at the end of the season.

In his contract with the La Liga outfit, Kubo agreed to include a €60m (£51m) release clause.

That's a steep price to pay for a 22-year-old but if the Japanese forward continues to impress, he might convince the club to complete a deal.

Jorg Schamdtke triggered three release clauses this summer, only negotiating on a price with Stuttgart for Wataru Endo.

The Liverpool sporting director may be tempted to discuss a deal with Sociedad for next summer if Saudi clubs begin to firm up their interest in Salah toward the end of the season next May.


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