Liverpool reportedly want Jarrod Bowen and we’ve now got some idea of how they’d afford him. The Reds have shipped off a couple of players.
The Athletic says Liverpool want Jarrod Bowen but how would they afford him? Well, their report claims West Ham want around £35m for the 24-year-old.
Liverpool, though, lack funds. They reportedly need to sell before buying further players, following the arrival of Ibrahima Konate.
That makes any sort of £35m transfer difficult to pull off. Especially when the Athletic report that’s simply the fee to get West Ham to the table – the Hammers might end up wanting more than that.
We think Bowen would be a very good signing and we’d like to see this one happen. But can it? We got an idea of just how likely it is this week.
Can Liverpool afford Bowen?
The BBC reported this week that both Marko Grujic and Taiwo Awoniyi have left the club. Grujic joins FC Porto while Awoniyi signs with Union Berlin.
Both players were at those respective clubs last season on loan and that’s important. Liverpool essentially sold players they didn’t actually need.
Grujic has barely featured for the Reds since arriving in 2016, while Awoniyi literally never played – he only secured a work permit this summer.
Liverpool got around £17m for the pair, however, and that covers nearly 50% of Bowen’s reported fee. We’ve got to consider that a win.
You can add in other loan players, too. Harry Wilson will surely leave, as will Sheyi Ojo. Even just another £17m for those two and Liverpool effectively have the funds for Bowen.
Now, it’s not that simple, of course. Agent fees, wages, bonuses etc. all play a part in such transfers.
But in selling players they’re not using, Liverpool can cover a huge amount of the costs. If they’re lucky, player sales will cover the entirety for someone like Bowen.
And that would be a huge win. Liverpool could move on players they’re getting nothing out of and add a dangerous 24-year-old with Premier League experience.
If they succeed, the Reds deserve applause.