Liverpool training ground 'whispers' hint at $94m transfer exit despite Arne Slot 'obsession'

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Liverpool is set for a busy summer as Arne Slot prepares to replace Jürgen Klopp. The incoming Dutchman will not have complete control over transfers, but will work alongside new sporting director Richard Hughes to discuss transfer plans.

While the contract situations involving Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold will need sorting, there is also uncertainty over the future of Luis Díaz. The Colombian has enjoyed his most effective campaign since arriving from Porto, scoring 13 times in all competitions.

Yet he remains on the same terms he signed in January 2022. That means he is one of the lower-paid players in the squad, with his current deal still having three years left to run.

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A report from The Telegraph last month sparked speculation that he could be sold this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain known to be an admirer of the 27-year-old. Barcelona is also interested in Díaz but its financial issues mean a move is unlikely, with the player valued at around $94m (£75m/€88m).

Now, it appears Liverpool staff members have already contemplated the winger may move on. According to the Liverpool ECHO, the prospect of losing Díaz has been 'openly discussed' at the AXA Training Centre.

There are suggestions that his output may not satisfy the likes of Michael Edwards and Richard Hughes amid reports a new winger may well be targeted at the end of the season. Slot is said to have an 'obsession' with wide men and has been eager to strengthen in that position during his time at Feyenoord.

"I asked Dennis (Te Kloese, the CEO) at the beginning of the season for a lot of wingers, because you can’t expect every winger to perform in every single game and outplay their opponents. So that’s why they are the players substituted most often," he told The Athletic.

While Klopp has deployed all of his attackers in wide positions this season, Díaz and Salah are the only out-and-out wingers in the Liverpool squad right now. Salah is expected to stay but Saudi Pro League clubs will test Liverpool's resolve again, and Díaz's future is far from secure. says: Slot will have to add a couple more to his wish list, if the Colombian is to go, but Liverpool will be hard pushed to find a player with his work-rate and ability in the current market. As things stand, it seems Liverpool would be making a mistake in letting him go.