Richard Hughes gives Arne Slot transfer timeline for when Liverpool moves could be completed

Liverpool head coach Arne Slot and sporting director Richard Hughes.
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Liverpool sporting director Richard Hughes has outlined his theory about the summer transfer window with the only real moves having been made so far linked with clubs desperate to become PSR compliant.

The Reds were momentarily involved with a potential move for Anthony Gordon but Newcastle United ended up selling other assets instead before the June 30 deadline. Yankuba Minteh went to Brighton and Elliot Anderson moved to Nottingham Forest.

"When there are major competitions during the summer a European Championship, Copa America and the Olympics as well — there's a lot of football being played, naturally the attention is going to be there," Hughes said during today's press conference.

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"And I think that after the (Premier League-wide) flurry that there was in June, it will calm down a little bit now. That would be my prediction for the month of July. And then like always, when August starts and coaches have had more time to work with players, I think then the opinions will be more set at football clubs.

"Then you may see a situation in August, like in previous seasons, is a little bit of hurry to get things done and to make sure that everyone's squads are in order. I don't think this will be any different, but who knows what will transpire economically? It's hard to say and speak for other clubs.

Arne Slot and Richard Hughes
Arne Slot and Richard Hughes -Credit:Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

"But that was probably the case in June and why situations occurred as they did. I'd see a quiet July and then perhaps a crescendo in August would probably await us all."

In an ideal scenario, Liverpool would be able to snap up a defender, a world-class holding midfielder and some extra depth to further supplement the attack. It remains to be seen what the priorities will be for Hughes, though, with an opportunistic approach being deployed in the market again. New deals for Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold will also be imperative. says: It would be very handy for Liverpool to sign another center-back this summer, whether that player ends up being Leny Yoro or someone else. Slot can't be left short of options when he will be expected to compete on all fronts straight away.