The summer transfer window may be over four months away but that hasn’t stopped former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince from making his transfer predictions.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince believes Mohamed Salah will leave Liverpool at the end of his contract if the club offers him his offer.
The Egyptian will be able to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side at the end of next season if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new deal.
Salah has been in scintillating form for the Reds, but with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino’s contracts also expiring at the same time, and the recent arrival of Luis Diaz, Salah’s future is currently in doubt.
However, the former Chelsea winger’s fate isn’t the only transfer prediction Ince has indulged in.
Soccer Mirror sums up Ince’s five transfer predictions he made for Genting Casino.
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While Salah has repeatedly stated that he would like to commit his future to Liverpool, contract talks do not appear to have progressed.
The Egypt captain has registered 23 goals and 11 assists in just 28 appearances in all competitions.
He also hammered in seven goals in just six Champions League appearances for the Merseysiders.
Nevertheless, Ince doesn’t think Salah’s contract saga will have a happy ending.
“If anyone has to leave Liverpool, I think it will be Salah,” he said.
“Mane and Salah have been here for a long time and what they have achieved is sensational.
“Sometimes players want to try new pastures, go abroad and try different clubs. The fans obviously won’t want them to leave, but if the contracts aren’t good they will move on.”
Declan Rice looks to be one of the most in-demand midfielders in world football, after another breakthrough season for West Ham United.
However, Ince believes the England international could stay at the London Stadium, particularly if David Moyes’ side secure Champions League football.
“Declan Rice was outstanding last year, probably the best midfielder in the Premier League,” Ince said.
“It’s always difficult for a boy from West Ham to leave his club, but when teams like United call, that’s the next step.
“He’s one of those players who can do that and then go to Barcelona and win titles.
“But at the moment he is captain of West Ham, playing under a good manager at Moyes, they are vying for the Champions League places. If they get fourth place, he might want to stay.
Paul Pogba’s future has rarely made the headlines.
And the Frenchman is currently set to leave the club on a free transfer for the second time in ten years. His current contract at Old Trafford is set to expire at the end of the season.
And Ince doesn’t believe the World Cup winner will commit his future to a new deal, as he feels the Reds need a player in the mold of Brighton and Hove Albion ace Yves Bissouma.
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“They need someone like Bissouma because the midfield has to change,” Ince added when asked about the Frenchman’s future.
“Fred is not the answer, McTominay is one of those who is a good player but would be better off with someone like Bissouma on his side.
“Is Pogba going to stay? I don’t see it, but it’s not just about two midfield players.
Jesse Lingard looked to be as good as he was at Old Trafford in January but the Englishman, although very surprising, remained at Old Trafford.
Although there are question marks over who decided Lingard to stay at the club, Ince doesn’t think there is any doubt about Lingard’s next move.
“I see no future for Lingard at United,” the former Blackburn Rovers manager added firmly.
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“Jesse has done very well at West Ham and Ole has said he is part of his plans this season. He was a little mistaken in the idea that he would play more minutes for United, but it didn’t work out.
“He is coming to the end of his contract and there will be a lot of clubs looking at a player of this class. It could be another manager coming to United and offering him another contract, but at the moment, it’s disappointing for Jesse.
“He’s stuck on the bench and in the stands and doesn’t get enough playing time.”
Ince believes new Liverpool winger Luis Diaz could become a club legend in the same way as Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool fans were left drooling after his impressive debut in the Reds’ recent 2-0 home win over Leicester City.
And Ince believes the Colombian ace will hit all the right notes on Merseyside as he has all the attributes to fit right into the team.
“He’s a good player, I watched him at Porto and thought he was special. It’s good business for Liverpool,” Ince said.
“They brought in Jota and Diaz, does that mean Salah or Mane could go? It’s a lot of money but Diaz looks brilliant. He will score goals and create.
“You saw him play against Leicester and it looks like he’s been there for four or five years already, he’s settled in so well.
“He will only get better and Liverpool fans will love him. He could easily be a legend at Liverpool.”