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“Could generate £40m” – James Pearce delivers transfer admission about Liverpool loan duo

Liverpool could receive £40m for two loanees this summer, according to The Athletic’s Reds correspondent James Pearce.

What’s the word?

Both Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson are currently plying their trades away from the club, at Hertha Berlin and AFC Bournemouth respectively.

Both players are set to return to Anfield at the end of the season, but Pearce expects that they will be sold, and has tipped the club to bank a significant amount of cash from their departures.

Speaking in a Q&A, he said: “It’s difficult to see where Wilson would fit in. As for Grujic, I’ve always liked him as a player. He’s strong, he’s powerful and he’s dynamic. He’s also a very popular figure at Melwood.

“However, like Wilson, he wants to be somewhere where he’s going to play regularly. He’s not a kid anymore, he’s nearly 24.

“If LFC get a decent offer I can see them selling Grujic this summer. LFC could generate £40m, I reckon, from selling Wilson and Grujic.”

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Take the money

Both Wilson and Grujic could well have had futures at Liverpool when one considers that they have made significant impacts while out on loan.

Wilson, for a start, has played 27 times for Bournemouth, scoring six goals and registering two assists, while his Serbian counterpart has played 45 times for Hertha.

This summer, though, their stocks will be as high as they have ever been.

Receiving £20m each would be good business, and add to the transfer pot that will be available for sporting director Michael Edwards.

Of course, the club have been heavily linked with a move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, with a £51m fee floated.

Moving Wilson and Grujic on would mean that £40m can be put towards the potential signing of the Germany international.

For that reason alone, selling the pair should become a priority.

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