Wow. Liverpool are set to bring in a record amount from player sales for one summer, with Jurgen Klopp’s culling of the squad set to continue at a rate of knots.
We’ve already made roughly £28.5m from Martin Skrtel, Jordon Ibe, Sergi Canos and Jerome Sinclair, but that’s just the beginning if the rest of the unwanted players are moved on.
What’s more, this list of likely departures and the prospective fees are highly realistic, not spurious transfer gossip.
Here’s who’s still set for an exit and the money each should generate.
Joe Allen – Likely fee – £13m
Liverpool have accepted a £13m bid for the Welshman, who’s currently undergoing a medical at Stoke.
Lucas – Likely fee – £5m
Galatasaray have bid £2.5m for Lucas, but we could easily tempt a buyer into paying £5m for the experienced defensive midfielder.
Lazar Markovic – Likely fee – £12m
Sporting, Fiorentina and Schalke are all in contact with us regarding Markovic’s future, so £12m for a 22-year-old with bundles of talent is probably not a high enough asking price, if anything.
Brad Smith – Likely fee – £6m
Liverpool have accepted a £6m bid for Smith from Bournemouth.
Luis Alberto – Likely fee – £7m
We’ve put a £7m asking price on the Spaniard’s head, with Sevilla interested in taking him back to La Liga permanently.
Christian Benteke – Likely fee – £31m
Someone is going to take a plump on Benteke, with Liverpool requiring pretty much what we spent on him last summer to do business. Palace have already agreed to pay basically this sum although for various reasons a transfer stalled, but before the window shuts, a suitor will bid again. Benteke should move, after Jurgen Klopp hinted he’d struggle for minutes.
Mario Balotelli – Likely fee – Zero
Totally surplus to requirements, Liverpool will accept any bid or loan offer just to get Balotelli off the wage list.
Jon Flanagan Likely fee – Loan (2m fee)
Signing Flanno on loan for the campaign will cost Burnley, or any potential side, a £2m loan fee.
Total including players already sold: £107.5m