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Liverpool signs $70m star and Kylian Mbappé makes surprise move - AI predicts summer transfer market

Kylian Mbappé attending the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco.
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We are in that lull during the summer where the domestic calendar is drawing to a close around Europe and the Champions League final has not quite arrived yet. The international soccer to be played is still a few weeks away but transfer silly season has already begun. Does it ever stop?

Liverpool, as ever, has been linked with a variety of players ahead of the first summer that will see Arne Slot take charge of the team. Behind him, Michael Edwards, Julian Ward and various others will be working hard to find the best players available to the Reds with a data-led approach being used to identify the best targets.

But what should we expect from Liverpool in the market? Signing a center-back seems like a pretty good idea considering that Joël Matip is set to move on and bringing in another forward to further spread the goal burden across several players would appear to be a logical next step to take.

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Nevertheless, the website Betting Sites has tasked AI with predicting the summer transfer market and it has come up with some slightly left-field suggestions. Its algorithm has predicted that Bernardo Silva will move to Barcelona, that Aston Villa will bring Tammy Abraham back to the Premier League from AS Roma, and that Liverpool will snap up Raphinha for a fee of $70m (£55m/€65m).

Among other things, the same AI tool has also predicted that Mohamed Salah will move to Real Madrid for $141m (£111m/€130m), while Kylian Mbappé is supposedly set to snub a move to the Bernabéu in favor of signing for Manchester United. Neither of those suggestions, it would be fair to say, are particularly likely.

Liverpool.com says: Salah has already confirmed that he will be staying at Anfield next season but the AI software must have missed that. Meanwhile, Liverpool signing Raphinha would only make sense for a much lower fee than $70m. The Brazilian is talented but he plays off the right. As we have established, Salah is staying and that is where he plays.

Edwards and co will need to be busy in the market but that is not the only priority. Liverpool also needs to tie down some key men to new contracts. Salah is one of them, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk are only under contract until 2025 as things stand, though there is plenty of time for that to change.