Liverpool are ‘hoping to raise £50m’ from the sales of several fringe players in the final days of the transfer window with Rhian Brewster, Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson set for permanent Anfield exits.
The trio have all returned to Merseyside this summer following successful loan spells away for the club but have failed to force their way into Jurgen Klopp’s thinking over pre-season, with the Reds having now received offers for the players ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.
According to Goal, Liverpool are yet to accept any bids for the trio but deals are expected to be reached in the coming days, with Sheffield United emerging as the favourites to sign England U-21 international Brewster.
The 20-year-old is regarded as an exciting prospect at Liverpool and enjoyed a prolific spell in the Championship with Swansea City last term, with the Blades amongst a host of Premier League clubs – including the likes of Brighton and Crystal Palace – to express an interest in his signature.
Brewster has impressed during pre-season and scored in friendly fixtures against both Stuttgart and Red Bull Salzburg, but he will be allowed to depart in search of regular first-team football having seen his pathway to the first-team blocked by the likes of Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and summer signing Diogo Jota.
Liverpool are, however, expected to insist on a buy-back clause in any deal that sees Brewster leave in the coming days.
Departures are also expected for both Wilson and Grujic following productive temporary stints last term, the former also attracting interest from several Premier League clubs following his performances at Bournemouth last season.
Burnley are believed to have made a bid for the Welsh international, whilst the likes of Fulham, Southampton, Leeds and Newcastle have also been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old.
Grujic became Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager four-and-a-half years ago but has largely struggled to make an impact since moving to Merseyside, enjoying loan spells with Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff City in addition to spending the past two seasons at Hertha Berlin.
The Serbia international scored after being handed a starting opportunity during the Carabao Cup win over Lincoln last week but is expected to return to German football, Borussia Monchengladbach interested in a deal for the 24-year-old who starred during his time in the Bundesliga.
The anticipated exits of the trio will be the headline news from a busy final few days for Liverpool in terms of departures, a host of young players – including the likes of Ben Woodburn and Sepp van den Berg – also expected to leave on loan deals before the closure of the window.