'What I'm hearing': Manager is pushing his side to buy £17m star off Liverpool, journalist claims
Duncan Castles claims that Benfica boss Jorge Jesus pulled the plug of signing Harry Wilson from Liverpool on the Transfer Window podcast.
Wilson has been linked with a move away from Anfield this summer, with Liverpool seemingly set to cash in on the wide-man.
Benfica initially had an interest in buying the winger, according to the latest update.
However, their manager was not keen on the deal, and that could now open the door for Porto to launch a bid to take the £17 million Welsh international (Athletic) off Jurgen Klopp’s side’s hands.
“Harry Wilson. It’s an interesting one,” the journalist told The Transfer Window podcast.
“He’s been a player who there was an expectation [he] might turn into a first-team player for Liverpool. He instead has spent two and a half seasons on loan in the Championship.
“Two years left on his contract, so if Liverpool are going to sell you’d think this is the summer to sell him.
“Been a significant international for Wales coming off the bench in the European Championship.
“Benfica have been interested in signing him as a club and I’m told there’s some work on that deal, only for Jorge Jesus to say that he did not want him and there’s been a stop placed on that potential transaction.
“What I’m hearing, what I’m told, is that there’s now interest from FC Porto in that player and that interest is driven by Sergio Conceicao, the coach who led them to the title last season and provided significant success in the Champions League.”
Makes sense for all parties
Wilson has now reached an age where if he isn’t going to get regular football at Liverpool then he may need to get it elsewhere.
The 23-year-old has proven over a series of loan spells that he is more than capable of performing to a high level, even in the Premier League.
Unfortunately for Wilson he has just fallen short of the standard required to fully break into Liverpool’s team.
The Reds clearly feel that cashing in on him and reinvesting the money elsewhere in their squad would be their best option.
But it would be no surprise if Wilson does leave Liverpool and forge a strong career for himself elsewhere, given his level of talent.