Liverpool have largely completed their incoming transfers for the season, but there’s still business to be done as there’s plenty of surplus to be dealt with. There’s plenty of players that could be moved on, for loans or otherwise, and it looks like the backroom has been doing their work while the team has been in the States this week.
The Reds have reportedly accepted a bid of £3.5 million for midfielder Pedro Chirivella, an initial fee of £2.4 million guaranteed with potential to rise to £3.5 million in add ons, from Norwegian side Rosenborg. The deal also includes a buy back option for his first three seasons, and it’s hoped he’ll be available to attend their Europa League match against Celtic on Wednesday.
Chirivella joined the club in 2013 as a 16 year old from Valencia, going straight into the academy but ultimately unable to make enough of an impression to get into the senior team. He’s made five senior appearances for Liverpool, including Saturday’s outing against Manchester United in Michigan.
On the other side of things, Welsh wonderkid Ben Woodburn is nearing the completion of a loan move with Championship sides Aston Villa and Sheffield United both eager to secure his services. Jürgen Klopp has always been partial to Woodburn’s skills and believes a loan is the best way to foster his development for what he sees as a big future at Anfield.
The race is on to settle that bit of business, as the Championship season starts next weekend, and Aston Villa getting a bid in once their transfer embargo has been lifted to beat Sheffield United to the punch. Klopp is of course looking for the best option for Woodburn, and a club where he’d be valued and given a decent chance to come back and compete for a first team spot.
James Pearce reports that both bits of business will keep Chirivella and Woodburn from joining the rest of the Reds in Evian for their French training camp excursion this week, as Chirivella is expected to leave for his medical in a couple days.