Price tag scoffed at, as Mignolet future looks assured

Date published: Wednesday 26th June 2019 10:07

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Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards “doesn’t foresee a sale” of back-up goalkeeper Simon Mignolet this summer.

ESPN claim Edwards has refused to put an asking price on the Belgium international, who is among an elite group in Liverpool’s senior players’ committee.

The Times reported on Monday that there were no plans to offload the 31-year-old, despite playing just twice last season, and ESPN support that claim, and especially not at the quoted £8million.

Both the Evening Standard and the Daily Mirror claim that is the price tag on Mignolet’s head, but that is understood to “fall short of his worth” given his extensive experience, aligned with a contract that expires in 2021.

Mignolet is believed to be attracting interest from both Crystal Palace and Brighton, with the Standard suggesting clubs in Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga are monitoring Mignolet’s situation,

Mignolet has struggled for first-team opportunities since the arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma, which saw him widely tipped him to leave Anfield this summer.

Watford were  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 last month.

But such has been Mignolet’s attitude around Melwood that Jurgen Klopp is hopeful of keeping the keeper, who signed a long-term contract in 2016.

The Times has claimed that Mignolet is “highly regarded” by Klopp and now the apparent support from Edwards means for the situation to change there would have to be a significant offer lodged from a club which appeals to Mignolet.

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