Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has taken the unusual step of publicly rubbishing speculation linking his club with a big-money move for Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster.
The 20-year-old striker, who enjoyed an excellent spell on loan at Swansea City last season, appears to be surplus to requirements at Anfield – particularly after the £45million signing of Wolves attacker Diogo Jota.
Jurgen Klopp is a fan of Brewster and in normal circumstances would probably only be prepared to loan him out, but a permanent sale – with a buyback clause – is being discussed.
Reports emerged on Monday suggesting Crystal Palace could be his destination, with Sky Sports claiming an offer of £19m up front and £6m in bonuses had been lodged by the south London club.
Football clubs rarely, if ever, comment on transfer speculation but Eagles chairman Parish felt the need to shoot down the rumours, saying no offer of any kind has been made to the Premier League champions.
‘We have asked Sky to take this down,’ wrote Parish on Twitter, replying to the article reporting that a formal bid had been lodged for Brewster.
‘It is a total fabrication from start to finish. We have not made a bid, formal or informal.’
Palace have already strengthened in attack this summer, signing highly rated winger Eberechi Eze from QPR and bringing in Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea.
Asked about Brewster’s future before the season started, Liverpool boss Klopp said: ‘In the moment he is, and then we have to see what will happen in the next few weeks or so.
‘We want to use Rhian but we want to help Rhian as well so that’s why we have to make decisions, but not now obviously.
‘He looks really promising. I know goals are the most important thing in the football world, so obviously he can score goals [and] that’s good and all the rest, we will see.
‘He is still a young boy. In this position, as No.9 up front, experience helps a lot. We have to see how we can give him the experience – is it here [or] is it somewhere else? I only mention it because it’s not decided yet, why should we?
‘There’s absolutely no reason to rush anything in that thing. He is our boy and now in the moment he is here.’