Liverpool want to raise around £60m in sales to boost their transfer funds, according to reports. Here’s how they could do it.
The Athletic claims Liverpool want to raise £60m this summer to boost transfer funds. We have a look at how they might make that happen.
Sell the loan stars
The best and easiest way to raise money is to sell players you don’t need. That’s never truer than with player who have been out on loan.
After all, they’re players you literally haven’t been using. There’s no need to replace them and they’re not a sacrifice.
Liverpool have quite a few of these at the moment. In fact, they’ve got some who have never held down a first-team place at the club.
Two players really stand out in this regard – Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson. They’re international footballers who have played at the top level. That gives them significant value.
The Athletic say Liverpool believe Grujic could fetch £15m. They apparently feel the same about Wilson. Then there’s Taiwo Awoniyi – a player who has never featured for Liverpool – who could go for £8m.
That’s £38m already, if all goes to plan. And we haven’t got to Loris Karius or Sheyi Ojo – two more who will surely depart this summer.
Sometimes you’ve got to sacrifice players from your first-team squad. The best way to do that is to sell in the positions you plan to strengthen.
Now, Liverpool can’t do that in midfield. Gini Wijnaldum will leave for nothing this summer and the Reds will take a significant loss on replacing him.
But other positions do offer a simple chance to ‘swap’. We imagine Liverpool want a striker this summer, for instance. That immediately makes Divock Origi’s place a shaky one.
Selling him on makes some sense, then. And once again, the Athletic say there’s a £15m valuation on him. Even before anything else, it feels as though the Reds are close to that £60m.
But there’s an even better example of this. The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst claims there’s a place in the squad for Harvey Elliott next season. Xherdan Shaqiri could well make way for him.
Open to offers
Sometimes you’ve got to just be open to what might happen. No planning to sell players but an agreement that if the right offer comes in, you could sell.
Liverpool have a few players where this applies. None more so than Nat Phillips.
Ibrahima Konate’s arrival puts Phillips at fifth-choice and that doesn’t promise anything like regular football. ESPN claims Liverpool are open to selling Phillips for the right offer, though Jurgen Klopp apparently has ‘no desire’ to sell.
The Athletic’s James Pearce claims there’s a similar situation with Naby Keita. Liverpool aren’t chasing offers but if the right one comes in, the chance is there.
For both players, though, it would surely mean sales upwards of £20m.
A big sacrifice
If Liverpool were desperate, they could certainly raise £60m in one go. They could sacrifice Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane – players in the latter years of their prime.
But there’s no need to do that. For one, we don’t get the impression Liverpool are desperate for new signings.
There’s also more than enough in other sales that this should never be an option. Unless someone comes in with a truly stupid offer, no major stars should leave this summer.