Norwich City rejected Liverpool’s Jama Lewis bid, according to reports. The Reds may now need to change their transfer plans for the summer.
The BBC says that Liverpool offered Norwich City £10m for Lewis but the Canaries rejected the bid. It appears they’ll want far more for the 22-year-old left-back and that doesn’t bode well for the Reds.
For one, Norwich have seen the success Liverpool had with a remarkably similar transfer in 2017. They signed Andy Robertson for £10m and turned him into one of the best around. Norwich won’t want to see similar happen here.
Then there’s the fact that they got over £20m for James Maddison a couple of years ago. Maddison hadn’t even played Premier League football when Norwich sold him. They may want a similar figure for Lewis, given his relative experience.
And if they do, we aren’t sure Liverpool will pay it. They’re cautious in a time of great uncertainty and £20m backup left-backs may not cause them to take risks.
Instead, they may have to change their plan considerably.
The Liverpool Echo reported last month that the Reds had leeway for one transfer this summer – a backup left-back. So there are two things we learn from that. First, they want a left-back. Second, and more importantly, we’ll only see one transfer.
But we know there are other positions that Liverpool want. Jurgen Klopp recently spoke on the importance of having four senior centre-backs, for instance.
Dejan Lovren has left since, however, leaving Liverpool with three. You’d imagine Klopp wants a centre-back, then.
Which makes this report from the Mirror very relevant. They claim that Liverpool want Lewis but also have their eyes on Lloyd Kelly and Ben White. While Lewis is a left-back, the latter two are centre-halves.
So maybe Liverpool will have to change their plans. Lewis may be the top target but Norwich rejected their offer and may want too much. If there isn’t a backup option then what next?
Instead of desperately searching for one, the Reds may find it best to target one of the other two defenders they like. Even if it means changing plans and covering a different position, instead.
At the very least, they should see if they can secure either for a reasonable price. It doesn’t seem that they can find one for Lewis and in these uncertain times, it perhaps makes more sense to search for a good price on someone else.