Liverpool are facing a huge injury crisis and it comes as no surprise that they’re been linked with players for the summer window already. It is being reported that the Reds are considering using Cardiff City duo Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo as makeweights in a deal to sign Leeds United star Raphinha.
This will come as bad news to Bluebirds fans as they’re likely to be collateral if the proposed deal is agreed; Wilson and Ojo have been integral to Cardiff’s resurgence under Mick McCarthy – the club hierarchy are keen to agree permanent deals for the duo in the summer.
However, it has been said that Wilson might prefer to make a move to a different club altogether. Cardiff are more optimistic about Ojo, who has been one of the standout players for the Welsh club this term.
According to the Express, Liverpool have identified high flying Leeds winger Raphinha as a top transfer target and are currently deciding on the best way to get the deal done.
Liverpool could offer as many as five players to bring the Brazilian wide man to Anfield. Raphinha has made a big impression after making his move to Elland road from Rennes in October and has four goals and provided four assists in 17 top-flight appearances this term.
It is believed that Jurgen Klopp is considering offering any of Ojo, Wilson, former Bluebird Marko Grujic, Xherdan Shaqiri or Divock Origi to get the deal over the line.
Wilson has been the subject of much transfer speculation over the last few windows. The Welshman was heavily linked with a permanent move to Elland Road back in the summer, but Marcelo Bielsa was not in favour of the deal as he believed the Wales international didn’t suit his style of play, according to The Athletic.
Liverpool value the wide man at around £20m. The highest bid they received last season was £12m from Burnley – which was immediately rejected.
The Reds don’t have a set price tag for Ojo, however, it is widely believed he would command a more modest fee than Wilson. Ojo has scored five goals and provided six assists for the Welsh club this term.
Cardiff fans will be hoping that this move doesn’t materialise as it’s going to hamper their chances of returning to the Premier League in coming seasons.