As Barcelona scramble to sell players with huge salaries in a desperate attempt to reduce their massive debt, needing to get rid of at least some of their biggest incomes in order to record one of their new ones rookies and star man Lionel Messi, Liverpool are completely calm.
Ibrahima Konate has arrived at Anfield before and is moving into Liverpool playing life with the rest of his teammates at the club’s Austrian training base for the pre-season.
The Reds are relaxed about other additions to their squad and will likely have to move a few fringe players before bringing in anyone else, but they’ve found themselves in a relatively good position.
Several young talents from their academy system are in Austria in an attempt to impress, while some could still be in contention before next season.
Again, however, as with transfers, the situation with their youngsters is different at Liverpool compared to Barcelona.
Such is the financial situation of the Catalan squad, losing talents like Pedri, Ilaix Moriba and Ansu Fati could be more plausible this summer than it seems.
” I do not think so [possible Liverpool interest in Pedri] is a concern for Barcelona, just because of the attraction that Barcelona has, ”ESPN Barcelona correspondent Samuel Marsden told ECHO in a Barcelona and Spain special edition of the Blood Red podcast.
“But I don’t think so [losing one of their top young talents] would be completely out of the question.
“The three that are special – Pedri, Ilaix Moriba and Ansu Fati – are all negotiating new contracts but it’s a strange situation.
“There is no complete clarity on Ansu – who is now represented by Jorge Mendes – or Pedri’s contracts, so in theory their two contracts expire next summer, in 2022.
“Barcelona don’t want to sell any of these guys, but we’ve talked a few times about their financial problems and their need to get rid of the players.
“Speaking in a totally hypothetical way, if a club came up with £ 100million and they couldn’t sell Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho and they were stuck with them, getting rid of Pedri wouldn’t help the masses salary, but it could bring in big costs.
“We know the situation is bad but we don’t know how badly, but it’s not completely out of the question as it might have been in the past. “
Compare that with the situation of Liverpool’s best young starlets.
Just last week, Harvey Elliott signed a new long-term deal before joining his Liverpool team-mates for the preseason, having returned from a hugely successful league loan to Blackburn Rovers last season.
“It will always be there for all the years that I am here and I hope it will be long,” he said.
“There will always be these butterflies every time you put on the jersey, every time you go out to train and play, every time you get involved with the club, there will always be that feeling.
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“Especially for me, as a Red, as well as for my family – it’s nice to make them proud and to make me proud. But the hard work continues.
“It’s always a nice feeling when you sign a new contract, especially for your childhood club.
“It’s all done and dusted off now so I just have to focus on the preseason, do my job and make sure I’m ready for the season. “
There is no doubt where Elliott’s short and long term future lies.
Much like in the transfer market, as Barcelona panic, Liverpool’s long-term planning is paying off.
Elliott remains a top prospect and could have a significant impact next season – but even if he doesn’t, the chances of Liverpool losing him permanently are zero.
While Barcelona pay for their recklessness, Liverpool are being rewarded for their patience.
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