Liverpool have placed a £15million valuation on Simon Mignolet, and will only allow the Belgian goalkeeper to leave if their asking price is met.
Mignolet has struggled for first-team opportunities, making just two appearances since the arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma, which has seen him widely tipped him to leave Anfield this summer.
Watford are keen to obtain the Belgian’s signature, with newly-promoted Norwich City and Bournemouth also monitoring him, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
However, Mignolet’s agent has reportedly been holding talks behind the scenes with both Standard Liege and Club Brugge, in a deal which would see him make a return to the Belgian Pro League for a fee of around £5million.
The discrepancy between the asking price set by Liverpool and the goalkeeper’s representative will surely cause a high-amount of tension in the lead up to his departure, with both parties looking for the best deal to suit their needs.
Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City are all interested in acquiring Simon Mignolet’s services this summer.
The Belgian is valued at £15m by Liverpool and is free to leave if the right offer arrives. [The Daily Mail] pic.twitter.com/OMDRoDVpzG
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) May 20, 2019
Whilst, the 31-year-old’s agent may have his client’s interests at heart, alongside taking his lack of action into consideration which will have caused his value to decline. The Merseyside club have gained a reputation for being tough negotiators in the transfer market, and are likely to stand firm on their asking price.
In recent windows, Liverpool have managed to collect a remarkable £27million for French defender Mamadou Sakho from Crystal Palace, and £19million for Dominic Solanke from Bournemouth, despite both players being frozen out of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans.
Liverpool’s asking price may appear steep for an aging goalkeeper, although the Belgian has been decent servant for the Reds, maintaining 66 clean sheets, in 204 games. Nonetheless, he has proved he can still do a job for someone in the Premier League, and will provide fantastic competition to help push forward a young keeper.
Additionally, Mignolet’s reported £100k a-week contract may also be a factor that warns away interested clubs. Although, if the shot-stopper is eager for consistent first-team football, a wage decrease will be inevitable.
Should he leave, Liverpool have already identified Trabzonspor’s Ugurcan Cakir as the ideal candidate to become Alisson’s new back-up.