“It will be a quiet transfer window for Liverpool this summer” – yes, we are all very familiar with those words, specially coming from many local reliable journalists in the past few months, but they have also made no secret about Klopp’s stance on transfer needs, and how reliant he is on departures in order to bring any new signings to the club. So, what if Liverpool sold most of their ‘transfer listed’ players? LFC Transfer Room owner Dann I. (@DannLFCTR) takes a look at the perfect signings the Reds could realistically make if they were to sell most of the ‘dead wood’ or unused players at Anfield.
1. Kostas Tsimikas (24) – DONE: £11.75MEmbed from Getty Images
Done and dusted. The one position Liverpool were desperately in need for has finally been filled. A left-back cover for Andrew Robertson, someone that can offer the same traits as the Scottish fullback. What’s best about this transfer is not only the player, but also the amount spent on him, which is exactly what Liverpool sold Dejan Lovren for. Perfect situation for the Reds considering our current transfer budget – which by the looks of it, happens to be non existent at the moment, and yet another masterclass deal from Michael Edwards.
2. Thiago Alcantara (29) – Bayern Munich: £30MEmbed from Getty Images
Recently crowned Champions League winner Thiago Alcantara has been that one name that has been non-stop mentioned around in the media and newspapers from all over the world – linking him with a possible move to Liverpool. Most of the reports claim that he only wants to move to Anfield, but the Reds are not willing to pay his £30M price-tag due to his age, fitness, and contract length, or at least not yet..
3. Milot Rashica (24) – Werder Bremen: £18MEmbed from Getty Images
Werder Bremen forward Milot Rashica and his ‘transfer saga’ has been an interesting one to follow. The German side was very close to being relegated in the Bundesliga, but managed to save themselves in the relegation playoffs. If Bremen was relegated, Milot Rashica’s ‘relegation’ release clause would have been activated, a clause that was reported to be of £13M, a bargain in today’s market for a player of his quality, versatility, and age. Now that the Green-Whites managed to stay in the Bundesliga, this is not the case anymore, with SPORT BILD reporting that Werder Bremen are now looking for at least £18M + potential bonuses, amount that although is considerably more than the original £13M it is still considered a bargain for a star of such quality.
4. Ozan Kabak (20) – Schalke 04: £25M-27MEmbed from Getty Images
Ozan Kabak is Schalke’s golden boy. He is as solid as you can get in the backline, and has a wonderful eye for open spaces, as well as offering a great threat in buildup play. Kabak is still very young, and David Wagner’s side would love nothing but to keep hold of the Turkey international, but the German side’s financial situation is very tight at the moment, and they have to sell one or more of their star players in order to balance their accounts. The defender has a release clause of £45M that activates next year, which indicates that now is the perfect time to buy, specially with reports claiming that Schalke would welcome offers of £27M for the centre-back considering their current economic stance.
APPROXIMATE SPENDING: £75M
Marko Grujic: £18MEmbed from Getty Images
Grujic is one of those players we would all love to keep and watch develop, but considering the amount of suitors and clubs interested in him this is the moment to cash out on the Serbian, who although seems to have a bright future ahead, won’t be able to break into Liverpool’s team any time soon due to the overstocked positions in the middle of the park.
Harry Wilson: £18MEmbed from Getty Images
Harry Wilson seemed to be a very promising player last year, he surprised us all with his incredible long distanced goals, and his set-piece specialties, but with time the Welsh winger proved to offer just that, goals from time to time but consistent average performances. He does not have the qualities of a typical Liverpool winger, the explosiveness, speed, and dribbling that characterizes the Reds frontline, but he does have a wonderful eye for goal which will definitely suit a team either in the Premier League or abroad.
Loris Karius: £7MEmbed from Getty Images
There is a current debate on wether Liverpool should keep Loris Karius or Adrian as a second choice goalkeeper, and it seems that regardless of anyones preference the German goalkeeper is the one that will be heading out, with Klopp not choosing him to take part in any of the pre-season friendlies in Austria, and with multiple reports claiming that Adrian will stay and take charge of that second choice spot, seems like there is no hope for the former Mainz 05 goalie.
Taiwo Awoniyi: £8MEmbed from Getty Images
Speaking of Mainz. Taiwo Awoniyi – Great talent, and had a successful loan at Mainz 05, but the Nigerian is already 23-years old and with Brewster clearly proving to be Liverpool’s long term answer for a backup striker, a future with the Reds is very unlikely.
Ovie Ejaria: £3.5M – UPDATE DONE!Embed from Getty Images
Ejaria has been sold to Reading for the quoted price above. Good business for the Championship side, despite struggling with finances at the moment.
Ryan Kent (Rangers 20%): £3MEmbed from Getty Images
Yes, it is 2020 and we are still talking about Ryan Kent. The former Liverpool winger left Anfield to join Steven Gerrard’s Rangers and immediately became one of the club’s favorites, as well as arguably their best player. Liverpool knew that Kent will eventually come back to the Premier League due to his talent, and so inserted a 20% sell-on clause in his contract when they sold him for £7.5M . Leeds United are said to be strongly interested in signing him, and are set to make a bid of £15M – this will be the second bid Bielsa’s side make after Steven Gerrard publicly admitted that they received and rejected an offer because it wasn’t enough for Rangers to consider. If Leeds get their man for the reported £15M, Liverpool are looking into bagging £3M from the sell.
Xhedran Shaqiri: £17MEmbed from Getty Images
One of the players that seems to definitely be on their way out is Xhedran Shaqiri. Despite not playing as many games due to injuries, he is one of Anfield’s favorites, but even that doesn’t seem to be enough for Liverpool to avoid selling him. Having bought the Switzerland international for £13.5M, the Reds are set to take a considerable amount of profit from his sell.
Sheyi Ojo: £5.5MEmbed from Getty Images
Ojo was on loan at Rangers this season, and everyone had high hopes for him considering how well his former teammate Ryan Kent did at the Ibrox, but unlike him, Ojo didn’t have the same luck. The English winger did have some incredible performances and scored a lot of great goals that raised a few eyebrows, but going by reports Rangers will not be looking at acquiring him permanently, and the Reds are ready to offload him for good, although they could also consider another loan move to raise his price.
APPROXIMATE EARNINGS: £75M-80M
POTENTIAL NET SPEND: £0