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Jose Mourinho can unlock Liverpool windfall to fund Rodrygo and Michael Olise transfers

Jose Mourinho is speaking on TNT Sports before the UEFA Champions League Final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on June 1, 2024
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Jose Mourinho could help Arne Slot build his dream Liverpool starting line-up. The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur boss, who parted company with AS Roma in January, recently penned a two-year deal at Fenerbahce and he'll be keen to strengthen his new squad this summer.

Speaking at a press conference in Istanbul, Mourinho vowed to grow the Turkish game on and off the pitch. The 61-year-old said: "One of the things is, I bring attention in with me. More people in Europe will follow the Turkish league.

"I'm coming to work for Turkish football, for Turkish Super Lig. But fundamentally I come for Fenerbahce. My wish is that Turkish football improves at every level. But if I have to raise my voice to defend Fenerbahce I will not think twice."

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With the Portuguese tactician now in the Turkish top flight, suddenly a move to Fenerbahce becomes far more attractive – especially for those who are determined to revive their careers. As it happens, several players at Liverpool currently face uncertain futures.

So, with that being said, the we have looked at potential players Mourinho could lure from Anfield as the Reds look to raise funds and sign players like Rodrygo and Michael Olise.

Luis Diaz – £51m

Diaz has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona recently. The 27-year-old winger struggled to impress for Liverpool in the first half of the Premier League season, scoring just three goals and providing only one assist in 18 games.

Despite a slow start, Diaz's form picked up in the New Year. In the second half of the campaign, he scored five and assisted four. Jurgen Klopp's side were ultimately eliminated from the title race and questions have since been asked regarding his future. A move to the Super Lig would be pretty unlikely, however.

Darwin Nunez – £85.9m

Nunez, who sees his contract at Anfield expire in 2028, featured 36 times in the Premier League last term, netting 11 goals and setting up eight. Despite ending the season with a respectable return, he failed to score in each of his final eight games.

It wasn't the only time the Uruguay international endured a barren run either; during the festive period, he went another eight matches without finding the net. As a result, he's been linked with an exit from Liverpool, but like Diaz, Fenerbahce are unlikely to be near the top of list for alternative destinations.

Fabio Carvalho – £11.9m

Carvalho spent the first half of the season on loan at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga before joining Hull City in January for the remainder of the campaign. After struggling in the German top flight, the 21-year-old forward found his feet in the Championship.

He also dragged the Tigers to a play-off place, but they finished three points short of Norwich City in sixth place. Carvalho has three years left on his deal at Anfield following his transfer from Fulham in 2022.

Sepp van den Berg £8.5m

Van den Berg recently accused Liverpool of pricing him out of a permanent transfer this summer, insisting he is ready to leave Anfield after five years. The 22-year-old defender signed for the Reds from PEC Zwolle in the Netherlands as a teenager, but he's made just four senior appearances since.

He's enjoyed loan spells at Schalke, Preston North End and, most recently, Mainz. Van den Berg has publicly voiced his desire to leave, so the Reds have already lost some leverage in any potential future negotiations.

Verdict

Liverpool could, potentially, raise over £150m in player sales from the players above. Of course, for now, it remains to be seen whether or not former Chelsea, Spurs and Man United boss Mourinho will cast his eye over Anfield, but he'll certainly want to strengthen his new team this summer with Premier League quality.