Edwards receives ‘official approach’ for £12m ace ; not close to LFC valuation

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has received an official approach from Benfica for Harry Wilson but the club’s £12m valuation is yet to be met.

The Portuguese outfit has asked about Wilson with West Brom and Brentford also interested in the 24-year-old Welsh forward.

Liverpool, according to Goal’s Neil Jones, are looking to sell Wilson and will demand £12million for his services which is a fair price given he scored 7 goals and assisted 12 in the Championship this season.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 16: Harry Wilson of Wales walks in the field during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Turkey and Wales on June 16, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 16: Harry Wilson of Wales walks in the field during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Turkey and Wales on June 16, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)

Jones does go on to say: “Benfica enquired as to Wilson’s availability; however, they are unlikely to meet Liverpool’s asking price for a player who has made just two competitive appearances for the Reds.”

They are yet to submit an offer as the Liga Nos outfit is aware that they are far off Liverpool’s valuation while Brentford are keen as well.

This is an interesting one. Anfield Central understands that after holding talks with Edwards for Harvey Elliott, the newly-promoted Premier League side has switched their focus to Wilson.

BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: Harvey Elliott of England looks on during the England Under 19 Training session at St George's Park on March 25, 2021 in Burton upon Trent, England.
BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND – MARCH 25: Harvey Elliott of England looks on during the England Under 19 Training session at St George’s Park on March 25, 2021 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Selling Wilson is vital to Liverpool’s summer business as FSG’s model of sustainability dictates that the Reds must sell in order to spend.

After Georginio Wijnaldum left the club without generating a fee for the Anfield outfit, Jurgen Klopp’s plans to replace him are made all the more difficult.

Yves Bissouma will cost the Reds £50million this summer which has already seen them take a step back to assess the market and the options available.

Youri Tielemans, strongly linked with a move to Anfield, will also cost close to £60million and while suggestions were made that Liverpool were prepared to pay the asking price, it seems those were wide of the mark.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City celebrates with the Emirates FA Cup trophy following The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on May 15, 2021 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City celebrates with the Emirates FA Cup trophy following The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on May 15, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

As for attacking targets, Liverpool are planning to hold talks with Mino Raiola and PSV regarding Donyell Malen but with Holland expected to progress to the latter stages of the tournament, it’s complicated.

Not only could his value increase above the £25million that the Reds were previously told the striker is valued at but talks will be delayed until he returns from the EUROs.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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