One of the biggest revelations regarding Liverpool’s summer transfer business took place on Tuesday morning after it emerged that the Reds were open to the possibility of selling Rhian Brewster permanently amid reports from The Telegraph.
Liverpool have yet to make a concrete decision over the striker’s immediate future as a number of Premier League clubs continue to showcase an interest ahead of the October 5 deadline.
Brewster was one of Jurgen Klopp’s standout performers in pre-season after the England under-21s international scored three times during arranged friendlies against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg last month.
Prior to that, Brewster enjoyed his best run of form in the professional game following a successful loan spell with Swansea City in the Championship.
Brewster, 20, clocked up 22 appearances and scored 11 times under manager Steve Cooper whom Brewster enjoyed a World Cup success with during England U17’s victory in the competition in 2017.
Since returning to Liverpool, a number of clubs have contacted the Premier League champions about his availability which The ECHO reports could be up to seven English top-flight sides.
Aston Villa, Newcastle, Burnley, Brighton, Crystal Palace and newly-promoted Fulham have all reached out to Klopp and Liverpool regarding the possibility of landing Brewster for the 2020/21 season.
Chris Wilder and Sheffield United have also expressed a particular interest in utilising Brewster’s talents at Bramall Lane next season while a trio of Championship outfits including Norwich, Bournemouth and Watford have also contacted Liverpool.
The Reds had hoped that another loan move would be the best practical solution for Brewster this season with reports from The ECHO also claiming that Klopp was relaxed about involving the striker in his plans for this season if an offer failed to materialise.
The Telegraph suggested that Liverpool could be swayed into a permanent deal if a £20 million figure were placed on the table while the ECHO added that the Reds would condone such a move if a buyback clause were inserted into the contract of the former Chelsea academy graduate.
Reports from The ECHO also confirm that a permanent move for Brewster is indeed a possibility as the club look to raise additional funds ahead the final stretch of the summer transfer window.
For now, though, the ECHO report that no decision has yet to be taken regarding Brewster’s future and the club will continue to weigh up all possibilities as the window continues to take speed.
What RTK has to say
This is perhaps one of the most surprising transfer sagas to unfold at Liverpool this summer given Brewster himself has maintained he sees himself as a long-term player at Anfield and is committed to proving himself under Klopp.
“Of course I want to be at Liverpool next season, be fighting for a spot to play,” Brewster said as per The ECHO.
“Who is not going to want to play at the home of the champions?
Of course, you’re not really wanting to go on loan but if that’s the best thing for me to do in that situation, so I’m going to get more game time then that’s what I’m going to do.
“But realistically, I want to play at Liverpool, I want to be ‘the striker’.”
Initially, we thought it was totally absurd for Liverpool to even condone allowing Brewster to leave on a permanent deal but the ECHO’s reports of a buy-back clause do change the narrative slightly.
The reality is that Brewster’s chances of first-team football at Liverpool are limited for the next two-three years and a player of his quality cannot afford to waste the vital development years of his career constantly restricted to the bench.
A loan deal would make sense in normal times but the financial ramifications following the pandemic are so uncertain that Liverpool may be forced to accept an up-front cash deal to raise funds at the club.
Chelsea sanctioned a similar deal following the sale of Nathan Ake to Bournemouth in 2017 and were given first dibs when the defender became available this summer before joining Manchester City.
If Brewster’s career prospects follow a similar trajectory then a buy-back clause could represent a significantly shrewd and smart example of business from the Reds.
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