Liverpool reportedly want Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. Talk of potential wage offers should end any chances of the deal happening, however.
This all comes from the Mirror. They claim that Liverpool are prepared to get involved as Jack Grealish could leave Aston Villa.
Competition is fierce, however. Both Manchester City and Manchester United like Grealish and are looking to make things happen in January.
If that doesn’t happen, both clubs would look to the summer.
The numbers involved are huge, as you’d expect. Grealish would cost around £100m, so that would be a record signing for any of the clubs involved.
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That, however, isn’t our problem with the finances. If Liverpool wanted Grealish, we could imagine that kind of fee.
It’s not too far off the Virgil van Dijk amount, really.
Instead, it’s the wages that makes this one look like a non-starter. The Mirror article claims that both City and United could offer Grealish over £200k-a-week.
There’s virtually no way Liverpool should do that.
We’ll tackle that ‘virtually’ part first. If Liverpool adjusted their pay-scale and offered several new contract this season, then maybe those wages could be in line.
But it would take a lot of new contracts.
Per Spotrac, Liverpool’s highest-paid player is Mohamed Salah on £200k-a-week. So those Grealish wages would make the Englishman their top-earner.
Given that there are seven or eight players in this squad who are better than Grealish, we can’t see that happening.
How, for instance, could reigning PFA Young Player of the Year and FIFPro World XI member Trent Alexander-Arnold sit on £40k when Grealish is on £200k?
Grealish is a very good player, of course, and would be a great signing. But he’s still potential. He hasn’t actually achieved things to put him in that top wage bracket unless you’re desperate to sign him.
Liverpool are not desperate for anyone. We can’t even guarantee that Grealish would start.
So if the Manchester clubs are prepared to offer that money, then go for it. Liverpool, however, should focus on new deals in-house before looking at the 25-year-old.