Liverpool hope to boost their finances with over £20m for Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic, according to reports. Both players are currently out on loan.
Liverpool have a big summer ahead. They need to fix their defence, of course, after an injury crisis this season. We fully expect at least one defender could arrive – potentially two.
Then Gini Wijnaldum will almost certainly leave at the end of his contract. Liverpool will surely sign a replacement.
Finally, the goals have dried up. Mohamed Salah is the only reliable forward right now and that needs fixing.
Thus Liverpool will need money. Signing these players won’t be cheap as the Reds attempt a mini-overhaul this summer.
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The easiest way to do that is to sell stars, of course. They bring in the most cash but with the catch that they’ll need replacing. The dream, then, is to bring in money for players you don’t need.
And it sounds as though Liverpool plan to do just that.
Liverpool Echo journalist Paul Gorst claims the Reds would want around £10m-£15m for Wilson this summer.
That lines up with what Liverpool wanted back in September, per the Athletic. They clearly believe that Wilson’s loan move with Cardiff City has maintained his value.
And it possibly has. Wilson has 11 assists this season, despite Cardiff not firing on all cylinders across the campaign.
That figure is enough for second in the Championship – joint with Harvey Elliott, funnily enough.
Liverpool and Wilson took a chance in a loan below the Premier League. If it had gone wrong, it’s potential £15m down the drain. No one is paying that for a struggling Championship player, after all.
Instead, Wilson has shown that he’s beyond comfortable at that level. Teams towards the top end of that league or the bottom of the Premier League will surely look at a £15m move this summer.
If Wilson maintained his value, Grujic certainly hasn’t. Back in September, the Reds reportedly valued the Serbian higher than Wilson at £20m.
They couldn’t get that, however, and sent him on loan to FC Porto. We thought that was a fantastic move at the time – Grujic could show what he’s capable of in the Champions League and at a team contending for titles.
That comes after a season where the player has struggled for games.
Money for nothing
Both players are talented but haven’t actually offered Liverpool anything. At the end of the day, this is money for nothing.
The real shame is that Liverpool hoped for £35m last summer but may settle for under £25m this time around. But still, it’s a significant chunk of cash that can help out with what will be a busy transfer window.
Things could have gone better, certainly, but it’s hard to be too down on this one. £20m+ will help secure at least one useful player.