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Liverpool set Harry Wilson fee as they begin clear-out of fringe players

Liverpool will accept £10million for Harry Wilson as they begin a sale of Jurgen Klopp’s fringe players.

Liverpool want to reduce their bloated squad to a more manageable size and raise some cash for a midfielder and attacker.

The Reds did this last summer when they raised over £50million from selling the likes of Rhian Brewster, Dejan Lovren and Ki-Jan Hoever, which helped fund the £60million signings of Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara.

Wilson, 24, is one of the main names on their list of sales and the Reds want £10million for the Wales winger, who has two years left on his contract at Anfield.

An £11million move to Burnley broke down last season and Liverpool had to accept Cardiff ’s offer to take him on loan to the Championship.

Harry Wilson starred for Wales at Euro 2020

Liverpool are determined to sell Wilson, who has spent the last three-and-a-half seasons out on loan, and are prepared to be amenable because the transfer market has changed.

Benfica made an initial inquiry some time ago, while West Brom and Premier League new boys Brentford are also interested.

Wilson would prefer top-flight football, either here or abroad, and will also study the various contract offers.

Marko Grujic has also spent the last three-and-a-half seasons out on loan and Liverpool value the Serbia midfielder at £12million.

Porto, where he spent last season on loan, are keen while there is also interest from Sassuolo in Italy and Germany.

Xherdan Shaqiri wants more game time after starring for Switzerland at Euro 2020 and Lazio are keen on him.

Liverpool are open to offers for Divock Origi, but know any deal will be difficult because the Belgian striker signed a long-term deal worth £60,000-a-week two years ago.

Liverpool would also like to offload Wilson’s Wales team-mate Neco Willians, Loris Karius, Sheyi Ojo, Ben Woodburn and Taiwo Awoniyi.

Burnley are one of a number of clubs to have shown interest in Nathaniel Phillips and Liverpool will sell him if he wants to go.

Phillips’ playing prospects will be limited next season because of the return from injury of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip and the £35million signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

Konate will wear Gini Wijnaldum’s No 5 shirt and the French Under-21 centre-half knows it will be tough to follow the Dutch star.

“I think it’s an important number for this club,” he said. “A great player had this number before me.

“I have not pressure, but a little bit of pressure because I have to improve for the future. I hope I will do great things with this number.”

Konate is part of Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in Salzburg and claims he is better with his feet than his head, despite being 6ft 4ins.

“Yes, I’m big and strong, but I can score more with my foot than my head,” he said. “I know that’s a little bit strange, but that is me and I have this quality.”




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