Liverpool are being very cautious over Harry Wilson, a player they supposedly value at £20m. Swansea Cirty reportedly bid for the player this week.
Liverpool reportedly value Harry Wilson at £20m. That was the figure the Liverpool Echo claimed before the European transfer deadline last week.
The Reds had hoped to sell the Welshman for that sizeable fee but, unfortunately, no one put up the cash. It means they’re dealing with Championship clubs ahead of the domestic deadline on Friday.
Those clubs can’t possibly afford £20m, however. Thus these offers will be loan offers and Liverpool have already knocked one back, according to Sky Sports. Swansea City asked for the player on loan but the Reds want ‘a greater financial commitment’ from the Welshmen.
And that’s completely understandable.
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Liverpool won’t want a repeat of last year. Wilson went to Bournemouth and actually performed well but when push came to shove, the Cherries put the player on the backburner.
Wilson didn’t play more than 45 minutes after the restart. Bournemouth were firmly involved in a relegation battle – a battle they would lose – and suddenly didn’t see the point in developing a loan player.
And why would they? You can’t blame them one bit for that attitude. They wanted to use players they knew and players they had a financial investment in.
But Liverpool won’t have liked that. If that happens too often – or even for a second season in a row – the player’s value plummets. Suddenly someone they value at £20m won’t fetch anywhere near that.
In fact, Wilson already can’t fetch £20m, as it turns out.
The Daily Mail claim this is the reason Liverpool sold Rhian Brewster with a buy-back clause. That way, Sheffield United are entirely committed to developing the player. If they give up, it’s a heavy financial loss. The worst-case if he turns out good is that Liverpool give them their money back and, presumably, a little extra.
And so you can’t blame Liverpool for this position. They value their player at £20m and want to guarantee he’s worth at least that by the end of the season. And for that, he needs a commitment to play.