Liverpool may need to alter their transfer stance on Rhian Brewster. Sheffield United reportedly want the forward but things aren’t going to plan.
The Liverpool Echo describes Rhian Brewster as being in ‘transfer limbo’. The reason? Liverpool have set an asking price but Sheffield United aren’t sure.
That price is £20m – a substantial fee for a player with only 26 senior games. 22 of those coming in the Championship.
So Liverpool want to sell but the most-interested club may not want to buy. That’s a tricky situation and it means Liverpool may need to change their stance.
Change of plans
We wanted Brewster to stick around this season. But that was before Liverpool signed Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino started scoring goals. He’d be a little lost in the shuffle if he stayed now.
And yet Liverpool are apparently sticking to their stance of not loaning Brewster again. If he leaves, it’s on a permanent deal, possibly with a buyback clause.
But if they don’t change that stance, they risk being in a bad situation with a very talented player. As we say, we don’t see how he’ll play anything like regular football at Liverpool this season. That’s a big problem because it will halt his development. It’ll affect his price, too, if Liverpool try to sell again down the line.
A huge part of that £20m price – and why there is any interest at all – is because of his efforts for Swansea City last season. If Brewster hadn’t gone out on loan, he certainly can’t command that fee. Liverpool wouldn’t have asked for it a year ago, would they?
Having him stuck at Liverpool doing little for even six months will hurt his fee. It’s hard to believe clubs would suddenly want to pay it in January or in a year if he’s hardly played.
So if no one is prepared to pay £20m for Brewster, the Reds surely must entertain a loan. It’s the only way to benefit from the situation that we can see. If he’s good, he’ll at the very least maintain his price – he may even develop enough to tempt Liverpool again.
There’s the worry that he struggles and drives down his price, of course. But then, that will surely happen anyway if he’s stuck in the reserves at Liverpool.
The Reds may not like changing plans like this but it may be their only choice.