Edwards to axe ten Liverpool stars to raise £60m for Klopp

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is preparing for his busiest transfer window yet in an attempt to raise funds for Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds have already signed Ibrahima Konate for £35million but players will have to be sold to bring in further reinforcements.

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Edwards hopes to raise around £60million through unwanted player sales.

Marko Grujic – on loan at Porto last season – is expected to raise the most, with Liverpool said to be willing to part with the midfielder if a bid of around £15million materialises.

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That’s according to The Athletic, who claim Porto will look to land the Serbian on a permanent deal this summer.

The Portuguese side has reportedly hoped to extend his loan by a futher 12 months, but with his current contract set to expire in two years’ time, Liverpool have informed Porto that they will only listen to offers of a permanent contract.

Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira, the Portugal international, is being pursued by Fiorentina and his sale is expected to give Porto sufficient funds to buy Grujic.

“The challenge (at Liverpool) is so big,” Grujic told The Athletic last season. “There are a lot of quality midfielders at the club. It’s honestly hard to get a chance.”

The report claims Grujic had initially hoped that the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum, who is on the brink of completing a move to Paris Saint-Germain, would lead to him being given the opportunities at Anfield.

But with Fabinho, Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner for competition, a move away from the club may now be best for all parties.

Edwards is also willing to allow a further nine Liverpool players to leave the club this summer.

Harry Wilson and Divock Origi have similar valuations to Grujic, while the club are also thought to be willing to listen to offers for Takumi Minamino, who has been on loan at Southampton, and Xherdan Shaqiri, who only made seven starts in all competitions last season.

Taiwo Awoniyi, who is valued at around £8 million, could also be moved on, along with Loris Karius, Sheyi Ojo, Ben Woodburn and Liam Millar.


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