Sheffield United have made a loan-to-buy offer to Liverpool for Rhian Brewster – according to Football Insider.
It would see Brewster move to Bramall Lane temporarily this season, before making it permanent next summer. The Blades have agreed to pay in excess of £20m for the striker next year.
It comes as the Daily Mail claim Crystal Palace have emerged as the “frontrunners” for Brewster’s signature. Both clubs have held talks with the Reds, but Palace appear to be the most likely to meet their current demands.
Liverpool seem to want a permanent deal for Brewster, but are covering all bases with caveats they want included. If they are to sell the 20-year-old during this transfer window, they want both a sell-on clause and buy-back option.
While the Merseyside club have made it clear they will listen to offers for Brewster, manager Jurgen Klopp is still undecided on what he wants to do. The England Under-21 international is highly rated at Anfield, despite having only made three senior appearances for the Premier League champions.
A straightforward loan isn’t off the table either. Brewster impressed during such a move last term, scoring 11 goals in 22 games for Swansea City in the Championship.
Will the Blades hang on for Rhian Brewster?
The simple answer is yes – but only if the price is right. Chris Wilder has already admitted the club is willing to wait for the right target.
Signing an “out-and-out number nine” is now Wilder’s only priority this window; which closes on October 5. That’s after a busy summer of business which has already seen six new arrivals.
Wilder also says the South Yorkshire side are “ready to do business”, but admits there are financial limitations. The 52-year-old knows the Blades don’t have the financial clout of most other teams in the top flight.
It’s something that has been exacerbated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Therefore, if Liverpool’s asking price is out of their price range, they will simply walk away.
Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun is another forward they have made an enquiry for. A £3m offer has reportedly already been turned down, with the Gunners wanting closer to £15m.