Liverpool £150m Salah replacement suggested, Spurs could release big player, Burnley miss out on Chelsea star

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The transfer window may be closed but there’s still plenty potential scenarios to discuss within the Premier League.

The summer transfer window is done and dusted after another hectic Deadline Day did not fall short of the mark. We’ve had plenty of blockbuster signings and enough surprise twists to see us right into January, but there’s still a lot to unpack as the dust settles.

The window may be closed but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill has stopped pumping out delicious stories. After all, we don’t have to wait too long before January is upon us and the chaos starts all over again.

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Pundit suggests £150m Salah replacement

One of the biggest stories towards the end of the transfer window was Mohamed Salah’s potential Anfield exit. It was hardly surprising that Saudi Arabia had once again come knocking at Jurgen Klopp’s door, but Al-Ittihad’s relentless hunt for the Egytpian has seriously unsettled the vibe around Liverpool. In fact, this is still an ongoing concern for the Reds, as the Saudi Pro League transfer window will remain open until September 7th, meaning a deal could still be on the cards.

Al-Ittihad dropped a mammoth £150 million bid on Deadline Day for Salah but Liverpool immediately knocked it back. It doesn’t need spelling out that £150 million is a phenomenal offer for a 31-year-old and Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes the Saudi outfit will almost certainly return with even more money.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, Merson suggested that Liverpool could squeeze as much as £200 million from Al-Ittihad and then target Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka for £150 million in January.

The 3AM Verdict: We recently looked at the Salah dilemma and how much of a headache it could be causing the club, which you can read here. Liverpool’s main issue with offloading Salah is that they don’t have replacement for him right now. and he is without a doubt their most crucial player. However, the money being offered is astronomical and if Al-Ittihad do come back with an even bigger fee, it might be too tempting to turn down. Klopp could splash the whole lot on a straight-up replacement, or he could delegate it between two or three very solid new recruits in different areas come January. For what it’s worth, Saka would be a sensational signing for Liverpool, but it’s hard to see his head turning from Arsenal in the immediate.

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Spurs could terminate contract after Deadline Day disappointment

Tottenham Hotspur could terminate Hugo Lloris’ contract after he failed to find a new club during the transfer window. Football Insider has reported that the goalkeeper had been given the green light to leave during the summer and despite having a couple of options on the table — including Newcastle United — he failed to agree terms before Deadline Day.

Despite being replaced as Spurs’ No.1 under new manager Ange Postecoglou, Lloris is set for another season with the club. However, he has already entered the final year of his contract and Tottenham could well pay him off and end his tenure early.

The 3AM Verdict:It’s become clear that Lloris doesn’t have a future at Spurs, despite the years of service he has provided. But all clubs must enter new eras and at 36 years of age, his best years are sadly already behind him. While it’s always a somewhat brutal move to terminate a contract prematurely, it’s probably the best for both parties. Spurs will free up a spot on their wage bill as they enjoy this new chapter under Postecoglou, and Lloris has time to find himself a club where he won’t be left out of the action and can spend the final years of his career actually on the pitch rather than fading into the shadows.

Burnley miss out on signing Chelsea star

Premier League new boys Burnley had been hoping to sign rising star Ian Maatsen from Chelsea this summer after he spent last season on loan with the Clarets. However, another update from Football Insider reports that the 21-year-old rejected their offer and is now set to stay at Stamford Bridge, with a new contract coming his way.

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Maatsen shone at left-back for Burnley last season but he has been playing in a more advanced role for Chelsea and has already made two Premier League appearances this term.

The 3AM Verdict:Keeping Maatsen on their books was a smart move from Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea. They are ready to challenge with their new arrivals but moving the Dutchman to a more forward role could pave the way for him and his future at the club. Mykhaylo Mudryk is still yet to really impress since joining Chelsea and if he continues to struggle while Maatsen steps up to the plate, Mudyrk could well be elbowed out in favour of the 21-year-old as Raheem Sterling’s immediate back-up.

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