Edwards masterclass: How Liverpool could sign Pepe and have money to spare

Liverpool are emerging as one of, if not the most well run football clubs from a business perspective.

They always seem to sell their fringe players who they have little intention of using for significant fees, whilst they are also shrewd operators when buying players themselves.

The Reds and their transfer guru Michael Edwards managed to recoup £27m for Christian Benteke, £26m for the unwanted Mamadou Sakho, £19m for bench warmer Dominic Solanke, £20m for Danny Ings and £15m for Jordon Ibe, all of whom wouldn’t improve Liverpool right now.

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Edwards and Jurgen Klopp have also overseen bargain arrivals such as Mohamed Salah for a £34m fee, whilst Andy Robertson – arguably one of the world’s best left-backs right now – cost just an initial £8m from Hull; Kevin Stewart went the other way for a similar fee, so the Scotsman barely cost anything.

The Champions League winners have recently been linked with an €80m (£71.23m) move for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, and whilst the Reds aren’t short of cash, that is a lot of money to pay for a player who would assumingly be to strengthen their squad and not a guaranteed starter.

So, how could Liverpool get close to that fee without completely breaking the bank?

Whilst Benteke, Sakho, Ings, Solanke and Ibe are old news, Liverpool have a quartet of players who could be moved on for a huge total combined.

Harry Wilson, Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne and Marko Grujic are just a few names who are very much in the shop window for Liverpool this summer.

The former, a 21-year-old Welsh international, hit 18 goals whilst on loan with Derby last term and has attracted the interest of a number of sides – a £21m deal has been mentioned with RB Leipzig, Getafe, Valencia, Leicester and others interested.

Elsewhere, the Merseysiders are keen to move on Mignolet and Clyne, who are both surplus to requirements – £15m price tags have been slapped on each of them, with a very real chance of that figure being met for two experienced internationals.

Napoli are said to be interested in Clyne, whilst Bournemouth want £15m-rated Mignolet.

Additionally, Serbian midfielder Grujic made a big impression on loan with Hertha Berlin last term – their manager Pal Dardai said the 23-year-old was “by far the best midfielder I’ve seen in my time at the club” – and Liverpool believe they could get in excess of £25m for the midfielder.

All four players have had admiring glances from afar, so there’s a fantastic chance of Edwards working his magic once again.

In total, if all of those players are sold Liverpool could land at least £76m based on the fees mentioned in the linked reports, which would be more than enough to pay for Pepe.

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