Normally, having two clubs identify a fringe Liverpool player as their top target while a handful of others also express interest would be a guarantee of a permanent departure with the Reds getting their asking price—and perhaps even more than that.
This summer, though, with all but Europe’s richest clubs’ finances impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and few major deals being done, even that level of interest might not get Liverpool the £12-15M they want for 24-year-old Welsh winger Harry Wilson.
That’s the story forming following reports this week in The Athletic of serious the interest from West Brom and Brentford—plus lesser interest from Cardiff, Swansea , Leeds, Burnley, and Southampton—that were quickly followed by local skepticism regarding the fee.
It’s a similar issue to the one Liverpool face as they try to find a permanent home for Marko Grujic, with strong interest from FC Porto, Hertha Berlin, and perhaps also Sassuolo but none of the mid-table continental clubs able to meet the asking price.
As with Grujic, Wilson’s current Liverpool deal runs through summer of 2023, meaning that in a worst case scenario the club might consider loaning the player out again, but their values will be much reduced once they only have a year left on their contracts.
In the meantime, the Liverpool hope that with all the apparent interest out there, at least one of the clubs sniffing around Wilson will be able to find a way to make a permanent transfer make sense at a fee that will satisfy them.