Liverpool closely monitoring €25m-rated African centre-forward

The Merseyside club could be closing in on their second signing of the summer, with Liverpool believed on the verge of completing the transfer of Patson Daka from RB Salzburg. Zambia international has been with Salzburg since 2017, having signed from Kafue Celtic in his homeland.

Daka had to bide his time to become a regular in the side but has become the go-to man for the Austrian club ever since Erling Haaland left the club for Borussia Dortmund in winter last year. Patson enjoyed a fine 2019/20 campaign during which he managed to score 27 goals and set up 12 more in 45 matches in all tournaments.

The 22-year-old striker went on to better his tally in the 2020/21 season, ending with a stunning tally of 34 goals and 12 assists from 42 matches. The Zambian centre-forward also has seven goals from 22 games for the national team.

The African striker’s exploits for club and country have put him on the radars of several top teams around Europe, including Liverpool and their PL rivals Man United and Arsenal. In addition, Chelsea, as well as Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, are said to have shown an interest in the centre-forward.

However, it is now being claimed that the Reds are all set to beat all their competitors for Daka’s signing. Reds need for a new attacker stemmed from the fact that both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane ensured underwhelming seasons in 2020/21.

This left Mohamed Salah to do the heavy-lifting in front-line, with little support coming from those around him, although summer signing Diogo Jota did make valuable contributions.