Liverpool are closing in on their third significant sale of the transfer window as Harry Wilson edges closer to the Anfield exit door.
According to the Daily Mail, Championship outfit Fulham have jumped ahead of Benfica in the race for the 24-year-old’s signature, with a £10m asking price muted.
Wilson would join Taiwo Awoniyi and Marko Gruijc in departing Liverpool in search of regular game time after enjoying several successful loan spells away from the club.
The Wales international first rose to prominence during an extremely fruitful spell at Derby County in 2018/19, where he bagged 18 goals and provided six assists in 49 appearances for Frank Lampard’s Rams.
Since then, Wilson has embarked on temporary spells at Bournemouth and Cardiff City, largely impressing with his technical ability and eye for goal.
However, he hasn’t shown enough quality to warrant a place in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad at Liverpool and has only made two appearances for his boyhood club throughout his career as a result.
Wilson made three appearances for his national side at this summers’ European Championship, although it ended in disappointment after being sent off in the last minute of their 4-0 defeat to Denmark in the last 16.
He’ll be hoping to put that memory to bed moving forward and showcase his true potential at Craven Cottage next term.
With the financial impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continuing to affect football club’s finances, offloading unwanted fringe players for sizeable fees is the easiest way to boost the coffers.
Therefore, Klopp must ruthlessly axe Wilson this summer, selling him on a permanent basis rather than sanctioning another loan despite his impressive performances.
The money generated from his departure will provide a significant boost to the German tactician’s transfer budget, potentially allowing him to bring in another top target.
Former RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate is the only acquisition that the Merseyside outfit have made so far in the current window, but the sales of Awoniyi, Gruijic and potentially Wilson, could mean another signing is just around the corner.