Liverpool have started the season in scintillating fashion, proving themselves the team to beat both on and off the pitch.
Jurgen Klopp’s English champions have begun their title defence with back-to-back Premier League wins following their stunning 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.
It capped off the perfect week for Liverpool who in the space of 24 hours made two statement signings.
The welcomed additions of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota have concluded what has been a hugely successful summer transfer window for Liverpool who look well-stocked to go the distance again this season.
Liverpool’s business is effectively done in terms of incomings after sporting director Michael Edwards sanctioned two deals that could amount to £70 million which means the Reds will only be at the negotiating table to discuss player outgoings ahead of the October 5 deadline.
Players such as Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Loris Karius are all at risk of being moved on by Liverpool who will look to clock up as much funds as they can before the deadline in just two weeks time.
According to Paul Gorst of The ECHO, Liverpool have been in regular contact with three Premier League clubs regarding the sale of Harry Wilson.
Wilson, 23, has attracted the attention of Newcastle United, Leeds United and Southampton with Liverpool reluctant to sanction another loan move for the Wales international making a permanent transfer his only viable route out of the club.
According to The ECHO, Liverpool have an asking price of £20 million for the former Derby County loanee, who has yet to make Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad on a single occasion since returning from his loan spell with Bournemouth earlier this summer.
Given the arrival of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota, the club will look to trim the squad and claw back some transfer fees.
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Liverpool currently have eight midfielders on their wage bill – not including Wilson or Marko Grujic – following the addition of Thiago which would determine that the club will need to balance the books financially with one or two sales.
Wilson has yet to be given a sustained platform to showcase his talent at Liverpool which would suggest that Klopp is prioritising the development of the likes of Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones as opposed to the Welshman.
The Liverpool academy graduate has seriously impressed during recent loan spells with Bournemouth and Derby. Wilson has proven he can cut it at the top having scored seven goals in the English top-flight last season, which makes his valuation of £20 million seem rather modest.
Also given the fact that Edwards was able to command a £13.5 million fee for Ki-Jana Hoever – a player who has yet to make his Premier League debut – then there is no reason why Liverpool cannot hold out to get their asking-price for Wilson.
With the transfer deadline approaching, clubs will be more inclined to meet Liverpool’s valuation and hopefully, Wilson can finally focus on kickstarting his career once again.
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