Liverpool are awaiting an offer from Brentford for attacking midfielder Harry Wilson, who is ready to leave Anfield for good, according to a report.
Wilson is a Liverpool academy product, but he has struggled to break into the first team. The 24-year-old has endured five loan spells away from the club, most recently with Cardiff City. To date, he has still never played in the Premier League for Liverpool, although he did for Bournemouth in the 2019-20 season.
Now, the winger is ready to leave Liverpool on a permanent basis – and will hope to land in the top flight. Swansea City have apparently moved to take him on another loan to the Championship, but Wilson could yet have higher ranked suitors.
For example, newly promoted Premier League side Brentford have been mentioned as an interested party. Now, according to The Sun, they are readying a bid of £10m for the Wales international.
Thomas Frank wants to strengthen his play-off winning squad. Wilson could thus be an ideal reinforcement, if they can convince him.
He knows a relegation battle is likely at the Brentford Community Stadium this season. Therefore, the report speculates that he will wait to see if interest from abroad materialises.
There have been links with Benfica, who have reportedly fallen short with a first offer. If they come back in, the prospect of competing for trophies in Portugal may be appealing.
The Sun do not mention Benfica specifically, just that the Wrexham-born player could delay any decision until such options emerge.
Liverpool still have him under contract for another two seasons. However, they are willing to sell for the right price this summer. After reviewing their squad, they have found no place for Wilson.
In fact, they have placed Harvey Elliott, who also spent time in the Championship last season, above him in the hierarchy.
Therefore, any hopes of a long-awaited first-team breakthrough at Anfield seem to have faded definitively. Now, Wilson must wait to see what offers emerge.
Liverpool in win-win midfielder situation
Wilson’s chances of first-team football would decrease even further if Liverpool sign another midfielder this summer.
After the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum, the Reds are being tipped to strengthen their engine room with a replacement. One of the names most firmly on their radar is Saul Niguez.
The Spain international looks likely to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, despite years of service. His contract still has plenty of time to run, but he could make way for the Spanish champions.
Liverpool are keen, and intriguingly, they could actually land a cash windfall as a result of Saul’s transfer…