According to reputable journalist Neil Jones, Liverpool may look at lowering their £20m asking price in order to offload Harry Wilson this summer.
Even at Liverpool’s current valuation, clubs should be queuing up to sign the Wales international, who has endured recent successful loan spells with Derby County and Bournemouth.
Wilson has certainly warranted that he is good enough to be the first-choice option for most Premier League clubs.
There is even still a consideration that Jurgen Klopp could keep Wilson in his plans for this season after Liverpool ruled out the possibility of another loan move.
Wilson, 23, has showcased in the last two seasons that he is ready to take his development to the next step and let us not forget either, he is quite the marksman from free-kicks.
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If there is one criticism of Wilson, and this is being overly critical but he is still yet to give Klopp a significant reason to to question his long-term prospects with the Reds and perhaps has not pushed hard enough to bang at the door regarding a place in the squad.
Again, this is being overly critical as it is practically impossible for any young aspiring forward to dethrone any of Liverpool’s pedigreed front-three given that they are arguably the most formidable forward trident currently on the planet.
Liverpool would still profit
Even in a struggling market, £20 million could be a wise investment for a number of clubs who were looking to bolster their forward line next season.
Newcastle United had previously showcased an interest and this is the same team that spent £40 million on Joelinton who managed to register just two PL goals last season.
Admittedly, the market has changed and is no longer the same financial juggernaut that saw Harry Maguire demand a garganran fee of £80 million but even the current evolving market would deem a £20m-rated Wilson as a bargain.
Wilson is a player of proven quality. He was instrumental in Frank Lampard’s play-off push with Derby in 2019 and he was Bournemouth’s second top scorer last season.
He clocked up seven goals and two appearances during 35 appearances under Eddie Howe whilst averaging the best goals per game average in the team (0.33).
It left a sour note that Wilson’s contributions were undermined by the fact Bournemouth were relegated to the Championship as otherwise the Liverpool loanee’s achievements would be viewed in a different light.
Wilson was a direct benefitiary from the Liverpool academy set up at Kirkby, so even if Liverpool were to sell for less than £20 million, the club will make a significant profit.
What really matters is allowing Wilson an opportunity to go and play regularly with the knowledge that his imminent future isn’t always in question amid ongoing speculation that comes from every performance when on loan.
Liverpool aren’t exactly lacking in the forward department and the club’s decision to potentially offload Wilson could stem from the Reds prioritising Harvey Elliott’s development as opposed to the Welshman’s.
Wilson has been one of the club’s most exciting academy prospects in years and his performances on loan have persistently demonstrated that he could someday become a viable option in Liverpool’s forward line.
Unfortunatley, the current economic climate has created uncertain finanical ramifications for the club and for that, Wilson becomes one of the easier sacrifices to make in a bid to drive revenue back up.
But wherever he ends up, Wilson will leave Anfield with the best wishes of everyone connected with Liverpool.
How much could Liverpool raise in player sales?
£20 million. Two impressive loan spells with Bournemouth and Derby coupled with the player’s young age make for a respectable valuation
2. Marko Grujic
£20 million. AC Milan and Benevento are among two Serie A sides in the mix while Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach from Germany are also keen. Hertha Berlin wanted to secure Grujic on a permanent deal but opted not to exercise their £18 million right to buy the Liverpool midfielder due to lack of funds
3. Xherdan Shaqiri
£10 -20 million. Liverpool could still be tempted to keep him if the club deem there isn’t sufficient value in the club’s current attacking targets such as Ismaila Sarr.
4. Georginio Wijnaldum
£20-30 million. Given he has a year left on his contract, similarly to Thiago, Wijanldum’s value has dropped and Liverpool could be forced to accept a reduced bid to avoid a scenario similar to that of Emre Can who left the club as a free agent.
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