The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will add another attacking wide player to their ranks this summer to provide backup for the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, and recent reports suggest they could be set to do exactly that, albeit, at Harry Wilson’s expense.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport (via talkSPORT), Liverpool are interested in signing Marko Pjaca from Juventus this summer, and the Old Lady have named their price at £22 million. The 23-year-old didn’t make a single appearance for Juventus last season due to injury, but he later moved on loan to Schalke in January where he made just 7 appearances for the club.
The price-tag on his head seems rather extortionate on the back of the season he just had, but Juventus’ demands can be justified from the potential he demonstrated whilst rising through the ranks in Croatia as a youngster, and at 23 he has plenty of improving left to do.
A potential deal for Pjaca would go some way to improving Liverpool’s strength in depth – something which was blatantly missing last season.
However, Jurgen Klopp must consider that the arrival of a new wide player would almost certainly force Harry Wilson to pursue his career away from the club this summer.
The 21-year-old impressed whilst on loan at Hull City last season with his direct style of dribbling and quality in the final-third.
With a record of 7 goals and 4 assists from just 13 appearances to boast from his short-term loan spell, it’s fair to say Wilson deserves a chance to shine in the first-team next season, but the Pjaca reports suggest the club have doubts about his ability to succeed.
If that does indeed prove to be the case, Wilson will surely depart Anfield this summer in search of a fresh environment where he will be given the opportunity to showcase his huge talent on a regular basis.
And on the evidence of the progress he has made in 2018, Liverpool’s loss will certainly be another side’s gain.
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