Liverpool apparently want to sell Sheffield United target, Rhian Brewster, not send him out on loan again.
That’s according to The Sun journalist, Alan Nixon, who claims on Twitter that the Reds need the cash. That’s because they want to fund a move for Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.
Sky Sports previously reported that Liverpool were among the clubs keeping tabs on Sarr. However, the Hornets want more than £40m if they are to sell the forward.
That means that funds need to be raised at Anfield and therefore selling Brewster is now their aim.
This will be of great interest to the Blades, who have been strongly linked with the 20-year-old. Yet with the transfer budget limited at Bramall Lane after another summer of spending, they are more keen on a loan deal.
Talks have begun between the two clubs about Brewster and Chris Wilder has sent a detailed programme to Jurgen Klopp about how he’d develop the striker.
Klopp is said to favour Brewster moving to South Yorkshire because of his admiration for Wilder. The German also likes the fact United play a pressing game similar to his Reds side.
But that could count for nothing if they need the money and someone else is willing to meet Brewster’s asking price.
How much do Liverpool want for Brewster?
According to The Sun, it will cost around £20m for any side that want to sign Brewster. However, Liverpool will insist on a buy-back clause be included in the transfer to cover themselves.
Sky Sports reports that Crystal Palace have also started discussions over a potential deal for Brewster.
This could make things tricky for the Blades, who have limited funds this summer because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s estimated the club will lose around £20m as a direct result of the crisis.
It’s why they aren’t likely to break their transfer record again any time soon. That currently stands at the £22m paid for Sander Berge in January.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that they wouldn’t table £20m for Brewster, but if it comes down to a bidding war, United are likely to lose.