Steven Bergwijn will be sold this summer. That’s the story this week in the Dutch media, who insist the versatile 21-year-old PSV attacker is currently embarked on his farewell tour of the Eredivisie and that there is no question of when—only to whom.
On that front, De Telegraaf have Liverpool down as one of his many potential suitors. It’s hardly a surprise given the Reds have been lightly linked in the past and that the general consensus is that they need to add at least one name to their attacking mix.
In those previous reports, Bergwijn was said to be available for around £25-30M, and this week’s reports claim £30M would be the floor for his sale—a price that would see PSV set a new transfer record by beating what they sold Memphis Depay for.
De Telegraaf suggest how he finishes off the season will determine just how much above that he goes for, though one would have to imagine that any club looking to buy him won’t be basing their purchase on the final few months of the 2018-19 season.
Instead, whether it’s Liverpool or Tottenham or Manchester United or Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund or Inter Milan—all said to be interested in signing Bergwijn this summer—they will be basing their decision on a much longer track record.
It’s a track record, including a goal or assist every 90 minutes in the Eredivisie this season, that suggests he’s definitely worth a £30M fee in the current market—though there are also conflicting reports that an £18M release clause could be in play.
If major Dutch media outlets, though, are now reporting PSV expect at least £30M from his sale this summer, it might be best to assume he won’t be available for quite as cheap as that. Still, even at £30M he makes for an intriguing potential target.