Simon Mignolet, after 18 months as a substitute, wants out of Liverpool – naturally.
But the club, who pay him hefty wages, would prefer to keep him as a top notch backup to Alisson – unless a genuinely lofty bid is made by a prospective suitor.
That’s according to trusted journalist David Lynch in the Evening Standard, who interestingly claims the £8m bid on the table from Crystal Palace will not be anywhere near sufficient to tempt us into budging.
In truth, Mignolet deserves to be a no.1 somewhere, and we wouldn’t begrudge him an exit considering how professional he’s been during his time on the bench – but nobody put a gun to his head when he penned a bumper new deal in 2016 – and it still has two years to run.
It will be hard for us to find a goalkeeper of Mignolet’s level who will be happy to warm the bench, as displacing Alisson, arguably the world’s best in 2019, is not really an option.
However, if a club offers somewhere close to £15m, we can see Liverpool doing business – but the deal – as with all our first-team exits – will be on our terms.
If someone does pay proper money, the club will have no choice but to reinvest it in a strong goalkeeper before the 2019/20 season begins.