Sheffield United’s pursuit of Rhian Brewster has taken a fresh twist today with a report from the Sun claiming the Blades’ bid for the young striker could be as much as £23m.

Liverpool have been asking for around £20m for the entirety of the transfer saga, which has rumbled on for a number of months now. The Blades had seemed reluctant to pay that initially but with no goals in three games, the board seems to be backing Chris Wilder again.

FC Red Bull Salzburg v FC Liverpool - Friendly Match

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 25: Rhian Brewster of Liverpool ties the score during the friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and FC Liverpool at Red Bull Arena on August 25, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Michael Molzar/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

The report claims a fee of £18m in guarantees is set to be agreed, with United to then make another £5m in add-ons and clauses over Brewster’s time with the club.

It means, if the full £23m is paid, it would surpass the fee United paid for Sander Berge and become a club-record deal for the Blades. However, it could well be the difference in staying up and not, with three losses from three this term.

Brewster scored 11 times in 22 games for Swansea last season and has impressed at Liverpool, too. However, his chances of first-team football are limited and Jurgen Klopp is willing to let the forward go.

The deal is also set to include a buy-back clause, believed to be in the region of £40m.

 

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