While Bayern Munich may not have made a suitable offer for Sadio Mane, Liverpool have already accepted their need for a replacement this summer.
Unfortunately for the Reds, the public nature of their ongoing conversations with the German champions also means that every other club in Europe is now well aware of this fact.
This does not bode well for attempts to adopt a strong negotiating position at the start of talks on the signature of a successor for the Senegalese.
Last week, Liverpool quickly turned down a £21m bid with £4m add-ons attached for Mane, explaining that they were hesitating for a fee of between £35 and £40m.
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But, whatever amount they will end up with will almost certainly be a matter of public records, and this will serve to create the perception that they have money burning a hole in their pockets.
The news of the sudden influx of money into the coffers of Anfield will be music to the ears of several clubs whose stars Julian Ward and his staff have been shortlisted as a possible replacement for Mane.
Benfica, for example, will undoubtedly have an eye on securing part of Mane’s fee for themselves after naming promising striker Darwin Nunez as a potential target.
It is said that Manchester United who spend a lot of money have an interest in Uruguay is another useful bargaining tool.
However, if the Portuguese club were to hope for a bidding war to break out between these two old rivals, they would likely be very disappointed.
This is because Liverpool have proven time and time again in recent years that they are not going to be ransomed in the transfer market.
The talent for restraint was evident earlier this summer, when the Reds pulled out of the Aurélien Tchouaméni race weeks before Real Madrid finally agreed to a superb €100m (£85m) deal.
He was also behind the 2020 decision to abandon the move of long-range target Timo Werner after RB Leipzig asked his £52m release clause to be paid in one go.
Of course, on that occasion the Reds paid £41m in more accessible installments at Diogo Jota – a move that has been rewarded with 24 goals in 3,485 minutes of the Premier League since then.
By comparison, Werner has scored just 10 times in 3,892 minutes in the Premier League over the past two seasons at Chelsea.
The success of this deal is one of the many reasons why fans have a firm belief in the club’s recruitment staff and their ability to secure the right players at the right price.
Liverpool.com understands that they are in a good position to repeat the ruse, with sources suggesting that better value targets have already been set should Núñez price inflation continue.
Of course, even they will admit that walking away from such deals is not easy, especially on occasions where a player has been closely watched over a number of years.
But Liverpool’s reputation in the transfer market has been hard-earned under Michael Edwards, and they wouldn’t be willing to simply shake it off in the first summer since his departure.