Riyad Mahrez’s Liverpool connection, Mohamed Salah ‘African Footballer of the year’, and all the transfer rumors!!

As Philippe Coutinho signed for Barcelona, Liverpool is eyeing for a brilliant replacement for the Brazilian international. Currently, Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to sign the Leicester City’s winger, Riyad Mahrez. Now, Liverpool is preparing to launch a £50 million bid for the Algerian international. Mahrez has won the English Premier League title with Leicester City in the 2015-16 season and even became PFA Players of the Year. In the previous season, the Algerian winger has also added African Player of the Year award in his trophy cabinet.

Riyad Mahrez winning the EPL with Leicester City
Source: zimbio.com (Riyad Mahrez winning the EPL with Leicester City)

Liverpool has recently landed the Dutch international Virgil van Dijk for the record-breaking £75 million. Now, they are keen to sign Leicester goal scorer to fill the space of their recently departed Philippe Coutinho. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Mahrez has smashed 30 goals and provided 21 assists. Currently, Mahrez has scored eight goals and assisted eight times for his side.

Mohamed Salah’s amazing journey to become the African footballer of the year

Mohamed Salah has won the African Player of the Year award as he energized his country after securing a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. So far, the Egypt international has started his campaign brilliantly for the English side, Liverpool. Salah won the award ahead of his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mané of Senegal and the Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. As of now, the Liverpool goal machine has cracked 17 goals in 21 league games and 23 in 29 in all competitions.

After winning the award, the 25-year-old said,

“It was very difficult to explain that moment to qualify for the World Cup after 28 years. And to have a great season with the clubs, with Roma and Liverpool. This award is a big award for me, it’s a special moment for me in my career.”

Mohamed Salah after reaching the 2018 World Cup
Source: Bleacher Report (Mohamed Salah after reaching the 2018 World Cup)

EPL transfer targets

As the January transfer window has opened, the rumor of Alexis Sanchez transfer to Manchester City has again made the headline. Manchester City is favorite to land the forward from Arsenal. Furthermore, another Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil contract is also going to expire this summer. The Premier League giants, Manchester United are eyeing for the German international. However, there are also rumors heating up the transfer that Juventus has also joined the race to sign the German midfielder. Additionally, Arsenal is also looking to sign the Monaco star Thomas Lemar as they signed the French international Alexandre Lacazette last season. On the other hand, Antoine Griezmann has also told Atletico Madrid that he will leave the club and head towards Manchester United this summer.