Liverpool could sign another Diogo Jota this summer amid $63m transfer links

Bryan Mbeumo runs away from Trent Alexander-Arnold during the match between Liverpool and Brentford at Anfield.
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In a best-case but realistic scenario for Liverpool this summer, Arne Slot would be able to add three quality players to his squad. A center-back is a must, while additions in holding midfield and attack would be ideal on top of that.

Of course, if Caoimhin Kelleher can't be convinced to stay as the back-up for Alisson Becker or anyone else pushes for an exit, there might be more signings needed. But those three spots are the obvious gaps as things stand.

Ahead of Slot's first day in the head coach role and Michael Edwards, Richard Hughes and co officially beginning their new positions, there have already been various links to attacking reinforcements. From Crysensio Summerville to Anthony Gordon, Liverpool is supposedly eyeing up a transfer in forward areas.

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But a new name was added to the list slightly from left field this week: according to the French outlet L'Equipe, Brentford winger Bryan Mbeumo is on the Reds' radar. At first glance, Mbeumo's goals returns for the Bees are a little underwhelming, especially in light of HITC reporting that Brentford would demand $63m (£50m/€58m) for his services.

The 24-year-old has got nine in the Premier League in each of the last two seasons — more than Luis Diaz in the campaign just gone, but hardly spectacular. There is much more to the player than just that, though. Mainly playing off the right-hand side and cutting in on his left, the bigger issue with signing Mbeumo ahead of next season would him getting into the team ahead of Mohamed Salah.

He can also play through the center, however, and as Salah's injury and lack of form in the second half of the campaign showed, it would be no bad thing to have a rotation option for the Egyptian. Mbuemo could represent a good stylistic match.

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Brentford's Bryan Mbeumo could be on the move during the transfer window -Credit:(Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)

And while his goals record might not get pulses racing immediately, there is a precedent for Liverpool signing a player with a similar output in the hope that they would kick on. Like Mbuemo, Diogo Jota was performing well for Wolves but had the potential to go up another gear with better players and service around him.

Jota scored nine in 33 appearances in the first season after Wolves had been promoted to the top flight and followed that up with a campaign that saw him net seven in 34 league games. That earned him a move to Liverpool where he has scored 56 times in 145 matches, though that doesn't tell the full story.

Jota has been prolific during the periods that he has avoided injury but that has not always been consistently available. In each season that he has been at Anfield, the 27-year-old has missed substantial periods. While he wasn't injured the whole time, that partly explained how he went 12 months without finding the back of the net during a particularly dry spell.

Mbuemo, by contrast, has only had one injury issue. That came between December and March in the season just gone as he picked up an ankle knock, having to sit out 15 games. Keep him fit, though, and the Cameroonian could have a similar uplift to Jota — a player loved at Liverpool and who would be a sure-fire starter if his fitness could be more heavily relied upon.