Liverpool have learned the price to pay for Pedro Gonçalves after the Sporting striker signed a new contract, according to a report.
The Reds frontline will have to be tackled soon if their current stars do not commit to new contracts. Mohamed salahThe future of is a hot topic of debate, but Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino’s agreements also expire in 2023.
As such, Diogo Jota is – as it stands – the only regular Liverpool holder to have a long-term contract.
As for who might come in, a slew of attacking stars have been linked with a move to Anfield.
Reports in Spain claimed Liverpool were seeing Leicester’s Harvey Barnes as the perfect replacement for Mané.
According to Save (Going through Sports witness), however, Portugal international Goncalves is on the Reds’ radar. He left Famalicao for Sporting last summer and hasn’t looked back.
In fact, the 23-year-old has scored 27 goals in 47 games for Sporting. He also had six assists.
As a result, and as Save points out, he signed a new long-term contract earlier this week. The new terms include a release clause worth € 80million (£ 68million).
He also extended his contract for one year, until the summer of 2026.
Gonçalves, who scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, told Sporting’s official website how proud he was to have signed his new contract.
Liverpool target new Gonçalves deal
“The feeling I have is that of pride for a job well done last season,” he said.
“The renewal for me is a kind of extra confidence boost from the Club, but it also means that I have to give even more and continue to make Sporting CP, the fans and my family proud.
“I have to keep working every day and doing my best every training session because if I do, I’m always closer to playing. When I am in the field, I give my all for this Club.
Gonçalves was further rewarded for his strong season in 2020/21 with his first two international caps for Portugal in friendlies ahead of Euro 2020.
He has benched in three of his country‘s four games at the tournament.
Liverpool, meanwhile, draw 2-2 with Brighton in their last game, a result that saw Chelsea take a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.