The London Evening Standard reports that Liverpool won’t sell Simon Mignolet for £8m and want significantly more after Crystal Palace are said to be preparing a bid.
The Evening Standard claimed at the end of June that Roy Hodgson was considering making a bid for Mignolet and while that is yet to materialise, their £8m bid wouldn’t suffice as it is.
While Liverpool would apparently consider selling the Belgian if they received an acceptable bid, it might be in their best interest to hold onto him for another season at least as they wouldn’t necessarily be gaining anything by letting him go.
They likely wouldn’t make a huge amount of money on his departure after he joined the club in 2013 for a fee of £9m, according to BBC Sport.
Not only would they not make much back from selling Mignolet but Liverpool would need to spend the cash they did theoretically generate by letting him leave on signing an adequate replacement.
Mignolet is not a key player on the pitch given the fact world class Alisson Becker is blocking him from being in the starting XI, but he is a key member of the dressing room.
His experience and maturity mean that he is a big influence on the younger members of the squad and his constant encouragement for Alisson is sure to have played a part in the Brazilian’s record-breaking 2018/19 season.
Selling Mignolet simply makes no sense this summer and unless he goes to Jurgen Klopp and explicitly asks to leave, he shouldn’t be sold.