Harry Wilson was one of the star players in the Championship last season, finding the back of the net in the league on 16 occasions.
The winger was in mesmeric form for Derby as they ironically lost in the play-off final to the side now interested in his services.
The Mirror claim that Liverpool have put a £21m price tag on the 22-year-old who has attracted the eyes of Aston Villa.
It’s a transfer that could be hotly contested with a number of clubs also keen, per the report. In England, Leicester are among the parties who could make a move whilst there is further interest from abroad. Also on alert are Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig, Getafe and Valencia.
The array of clubs pondering a deal are hugely impressive given he’s only shown what he’s capable of in England’s second tier so far.
However, his performances on the pitch more than warrant a switch to a club in a higher division after starring in the Championship.
And with a move to Villa potentially on the cards, Football FanCast writers have given their verdicts on whether buying Wilson would be good business for Dean Smith’s men. Here’s what they’ve had to say.
“Harry Wilson could be a brilliant signing for Aston Villa even at £21m. Of course, the worry is that he has no Premier League experience, but you only have to look at James Maddison to show you how well players can do when coming from from the Championship. There’s an argument to be made that Wilson had a better season at Derby than Maddison had at Norwich before his move to Leicester, and if he can make the step-up in a similar fashion £21m would be an absolute steal.”
“This is a lot of money for a newly promoted team to spend, and a deal that doesn’t seem necessary to me. There’s much better value elsewhere for players who can do a similar job, such as Said Benrahma from Brentford, who set up far more goals than Wilson last year and scored just a handful less than the Welshman. Villa should look elsewhere.”
“The Wilson situation is an intriguing one. How often have we seen a Championship star fail to make the grade at the elite level? However, it’s clear from his technique that he is unlikely to become another Championship specialist, and at just £21m Villa could land one of the signings of the summer. £20m James Maddison fell into that category during his maiden Premier League campaign with Leicester last season, and there is plenty of evidence from Wilson’s time with both Derby and Hull City to suggest the free-kick specialist could be on a similar path.”