Liverpool could end up with £70m if Neco Williams leaves, according to reports. The Reds may have more than enough money to play with this summer.
Liverpool don’t have the funds to splash the cash right now. Certainly not after signing Ibrahima Konate.
That’s according to the Athletic, who say Liverpool must sell in order to buy further this summer. And they’ll likely want to buy players.
Gini Wijnaldum leaves at the end of the month, leaving a gap in midfield. Struggles in attack to start 2021 showcased the need for another forward to come in, too, if even just as a squad option.
Unless Liverpool want to take chances on cheap signings, players of the right standard will cost a fair bit. They’ll need to make money somehow, then.
That Athletic article claims they hope to bring in around £60m. We gave our thoughts on how they could do that here. It shouldn’t be the most difficult operation in the world but it’s certainly not straightforward.
£60m is a big chunk of cash that may go further than you think. It’s enough for Liverpool to make sizeable additions in both midfield and attack, setting their squad up for a title push next season.
But it may end up being more than that.
Neco Williams may leave
If Neco Williams leaves Liverpool this summer, the Reds would apparently want around £10m for him. That seems more than reasonable – someone’s getting a very talented young player on the cheap.
The Athletic states that price, as well as a string of Premier League sides who may want Williams.
Liverpool’s original plan almost certainly came without selling Williams, though. A sale there never really looked like it was on the table until now.
After all, it doesn’t make complete sense from Liverpool’s point of view. Williams leaving would mean Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only recognised right-back in the squad.
Losing him forces a decision – do Liverpool put part of their funds towards a replacement? It sounds as though they won’t. The Athletic claims Joe Gomez could cover, while Conor Bradley is a long-term option.
Are they going to find a player for £10m who can step in and cover right away? Likely not – it’ll take some time to adapt. It seems they’d rather back Bradley being ready by the time any new addition is a firm option.
Instead, then, that £10m should go towards transfers elsewhere. Liverpool may not want to lose Williams but it would make their summer dealings slightly easier.