Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster is reportedly closing in on a permanent transfer to Premier League side Sheffield United ahead of the weekend.
According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Sheffield United and Liverpool have agreed a fee of £23.5m and the forward is poised to complete his medical on Friday after starting it on Thursday.
The report claims that Liverpool hold a buy-back option that will stay in place for three years, whilst they also have a 15% sell-on clause if Sheffield United end up selling him to another club for a profit down the line. Crystal Palace and Aston Villa were also trying to sign Brewster, but Chris Wilder’s team appear to have won the race.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Brewster wanted to go out and play regular games instead of sitting in the reserves at Liverpool and it is understandable at his age. He is 20 and playing minutes week-in-week-out in the Premier League for Sheffield United could help boost his development as he learns how the senior game works and is coached by Wilder.
The buy-back clause also provides Liverpool with a way to bring him back immediately if he fulfills his potential and becomes a top-tier Premier League striker. For example, if Brewster now goes and scores 15-20+ goals in the league in each of the next three seasons, Liverpool may decide that they want to bring him back to lead their line – depending, of course, on their own striker situation at the time.
Football is constantly changing and evolving every year so Liverpool have covered their back with the buy-back clause. Say Roberto Firmino is sold to a European giant next summer for big money and Brewster scores 18 goals for Sheffield United in the Premier League, Liverpool could just go and pick him back up to fill that hole. It leaves the Red in an excellent position going forward.
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