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£28m for Phillips and Wilson would be another Edwards masterstroke

Liverpool are set to demand £28m combined for Nat Phillips and Harry Wilson if recent reports are true. If true, it would be yet another masterstroke from transfer guru Michael Edwards.

Brighton and Burnley are interested in signing Phillips, according to Goal.

The Seagulls look set to lose Ben White to Arsenal in a £50m deal. This means that they will most likely increase their interest in Phillips, as they will need to sign a replacement.

Having £50m in the bank means that they should have no issue with paying the £15m that The Athletic report that he will cost.

Meanwhile, The Athletic also report that Benfica have opened talks with the Reds to sign Harry Wilson.

While the Portuguese side baulked at the reported £13m valuation, other teams are said to be interested as well.

Even if Liverpool had to drop their asking price to around £10m, it would be a great sale.

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Phillips and Wilson talented but not at Liverpool standard

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If Michael Edwards manages to negotiate the sale of the pair for a combined £25m+, it will add to his list of remarkable deals.

Phillips and Wilson are both good footballers, but are not ever going to be at the level required to play at the elite level.

Receiving that much money for two players that have played a combined 23 games for the club would be fantastic business.

Edwards has built a reputation of selling fringe players for almost extortionate fees recently.

Think Rhian Brewster, Dom Solanke, Danny Ward, Jordon Ibe, Kevin Stewart and Ki-Jana Hoever. They have funded the deals to sign the top players that are currently involved in the first-team.

While many will be sad to see Phillips go, it is best for all parties if he does. The same goes for Wilson, who some fans would have liked to have gotten a chance at Anfield.

The reality is that Liverpool are better off selling them and buying better players. Phillips and Wilson themselves are better off leaving and getting regular football at a high level.

We will see how the rest of the window plays out, but if Liverpool do get the fees that they are demanding, it will be fantastic work by all involved.

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