The goal had been to find a new and permanent home for Simon Mignolet before the goalkeeper was scheduled to return to training following his summer break, but with his return scheduled for the weekend that’s starting to look unlikely.
This according to The Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce, who says that there has been no interest shown in Mignolet at Liverpool’s £12M asking price. That’s the bad news for the club and the player. The good is that at least there is some interest.
If Liverpool are to find the goalkeeper a new home, though, they will need to accept a fee far below what they’re asking—or they’ll need to send Mignolet out on loan for the season in the hopes that he can rebuild his value with regular playing time.
It’s a far different story than that of Danny Ward, who was sold for £12.5M to Leicester City last month. In Ward’s case, though, he was a player five years younger and one seen as still promising based on his time with Huddersfield and Aberdeen.
In Mignolet’s case, the narrative is less of promise and more of a failure to hold on to the starting job at Liverpool despite multiple chances at it. There are also the inevitably higher wages of a more veteran player to take into consideration.
For now, though, it seems likely that the club will continue to look to move the player on, though to do so may require accepting a lower fee or loan deal.