Liverpool will demand around £12million for back up goalkeeper Simon Mignolet this summer, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The newspaper claims that the Belgian could depart after six years at Anfield, having spent a season as excellent number one Alisson’s deputy.
The former Sunderland man still has 2 years left on his contract, though, and is only 31 years of age – still fairly young for a goalkeeper.
Mignolet has made just two appearances for the Reds this campaign, both of them coming in domestic cup competitions.
On paper, £12million seems like a lot of money for a player who has appeared only two times this season. However, he’s still quality player who would be an undisputed starter for most Premier League teams. Yes, he can be inconsistent, but there a lot of goalkeepers out there who are worse than Mignolet. He could certainly go away and get more first team football than he’s had at Liverpool this season, so why wouldn’t he? He wants to play, he’s not content to sit around and pick up his money any longer. Credit to him for that, but you wonder whether the Reds might be pricing him out of a move here. £12million is pretty much what you need to spend for a decent ‘keeper these days, but whether there are many teams who’d be willing to spend that much on someone like Mignolet remains to be seen. Liverpool may have to end up settling for something like £7million with £5million in add ons. That could be do-able, but £12million straight may not be achievable.