It’s claimed that midfielder Cameron Brannagan will leave Liverpool this summer, amidst a contract dispute with the club.
The 21-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Fleetwood Town, has just 11 months left on his contract and is seeking assurances over his pathway to the first-team before signing a new deal, reports the Independent.
Liverpool are said to be unwilling to loan the player for the 2017/18 season without him signing a new deal, meaning a sale this summer is now expected so he doesn’t leave at the end of his contract next summer.
Brannagan has been training with the Reds’ under-23s and scored in their first friendly last week, instead of being with the first-team squad in friendlies against Tranmere and Wigan.
It’s quite the change from a year ago, when Wigan were reportedly willing to pay in excess of £1 million for the midfielder, who was at the time said to be attracting the interest of Real Madrid and Barcelona. There were even claims Real were preparing a £5.5 million bid.
Those claims were made after he broke into the first-team in Jurgen Klopp‘s first season in charge, making nine appearances in 2015/16.
He made his debut in the Europa League against Bordeaux in September 2015, and started against Bournemouth (League Cup), Exeter City and West Ham in the FA Cup, and gained his first league start on the final day of the season at West Brom.
It’s a shame to see such a technically gifted player drop down the pecking order at Anfield, especially due to something such as his contract situation rather than playing aspects.
Somebody could get themselves a bargain this summer if Brannagan does indeed depart.