Sheffield United are planning to raid Premier League champions Liverpool and sign Rhian Brewster in a £15 million deal, according to the Sun (27 August, page 53).
Do not expect Jurgen Klopp to say ‘yes’, however.
Liverpool have a remarkable track record when it comes to bringing in huge fees for fringe players but, although Brad Smith, Dejan Lovren, Danny Jones and Dominic Solanke had little to no future at Anfield, the same cannot be said of Brewster.
While Manchester United may claim to have England’s best young striker in the shape of Mason ‘the new Van Persie’ Greenwood, Liverpool have a prodigious penalty box poacher of their own in the 20-year-old academy graduate.
A couple of serious injuries meant Liverpool fans have had to be patient with Brewster but, after putting those fitness problems behind him, the London-born dynamo is finally showing why Klopp feels he is a ‘top striker, a top talent’.
Brewster scored 11 times in 20 games on loan at Swansea City, firing Steve Cooper’s unfancied side into the Championship play-off places.
And with football’s financial crisis scuppering Liverpool’s hopes of signing Kai Havertz or Timo Werner, all the signs suggest that this England U21 international will have a big role to play at Anfield as the Merseyside giants look to make a better fist of balancing domestic and continental competitions.
£15 million is a huge sum for a man yet to make his Premier League debut.
But it would take a lot more than that for Sheffield United to twist Liverpool’s arm.
“Everyone has seen it all over the world that Rhian is capable of scoring goals,” Steven Gerrard told the Echo in 2017 after Brewster inspired England’s U19s to a 4-0 thrashing of Spain.
“And against Sevilla he was magnificent. We all know he has got the talent and the ability.
“If Rhian wants to go far and stay at the top, if he can put in that work rate and relentless running, that’s how he’s going to get the better of most defenders.”