Liverpool have accepted a £15 million bid from Bournemouth for winger Jordon Ibe, according to reports on Thursday morning.
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo was among those to confirm that the 20-year-old has been given permission to talk to the Premier League club.
The writing has been on the wall for a while now for Ibe, having fallen out of favour under Jurgen Klopp last season.
He was often limited to cameo appearances as the months progressed, and barring a well-taken solo effort against West Brom and a goal against Stoke City in the League Cup semi-final, he made little impact in 2015/16.
Much was expected of him at the start of the season, after he shone on the tour of Australia in pre-season, but he failed to kick on.
Many felt he could fill the void left by Raheem Sterling and develop into a better player than the former Liverpool man, but those predictions have not come to fruition.
Ibe joined the Reds from Wycombe Wanderers in 2012, and following some impressive performances at youth team level, he was handed his debut by Brendan Rodgers, against QPR in 2013.
£15 million seems too good to turn down for Liverpool, given Ibe’s current squad status, and a move elsewhere will benefit the young Englishman too—though, as we revealed in May, the Reds agreed a 15 percent sell-on clause in the deal to sign him from Wycombe, meaning the League Two side would receive £2.25 million of the fee.
The Echo report that the Reds have negotiated buy-back and sell-on clauses in the deal, which seems wise.
With Bournemouth having recently sold Scotland winger Matt Ritchie to Newcastle United for £12 million, the Cherries have identified an ideal replacement.
He may decide to stay at Anfield, but as things stand, that would not be the sensible decision.