Rhian Brewster: Liverpool striker to join Sheffield United in £23.5m deal

Liverpool to retain buy-back clause valid for three years and 15 per cent sell-on clause for 20-year-old striker

Rhian Brewster has made four senior appearances for Liverpool 0:38
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says the club are still in advanced negotiations to sign Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster

Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster is on the verge of completing a permanent move to Sheffield United in a deal worth up to £23.5m.

Liverpool will retain a 15 per cent sell-on clause for the 20-year-old and a buy-back clause that is valid for the next three years.

Brewster will undergo a medical in Yorkshire on Friday and will then finalise terms ahead of signing for Chris Wilder's side, although it is unclear whether he will be available for this weekend's game at Arsenal.

"We have been in negotiations with Liverpool for a while, he has been on our radar and discussions between the player and the club are still ongoing," Wilder said in a press conference on Friday.

Up to six Premier League clubs have expressed an interest in the forward - including Aston Villa, Brighton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace.

Rhian Brewster made three appearances for Liverpool last season - all in cup competitions - before joining Swansea on loan in January
Image: Rhian Brewster made three appearances for Liverpool last season before joining Swansea on loan in January

Liverpool are prepared to let their academy product leave in order to get more first-team football - while also needing funds to cover the purchases of Thiago for £25m and Diogo Jota for £45m.

Sheffield United are yet to score in the Premier League after their opening three games of the season, while Brewster recorded ten goals in a six-month loan spell at Swansea in the second part of last season.

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He returned in the summer to make a substitute appearance in Liverpool's Community Shield defeat to Arsenal and missed the crucial penalty in the shootout.

Brewster celebrates scoring for Swansea against Middlesbrough in the Championship in June
Image: Brewster had a prolific spell at Swansea last season with the club clinching a play-off berth on the final day of the campaign

Brewster: A future star

Analysis by Sky Sports' EFL pundits Keith Andrews and Don Goodman:

Sky Sports assess Brewster's attributes and explain why the Liverpool striker, 20, is set to be a star of the future in English football.

"He just looks very comfortable and with the composure that he shows in front of goal, he is lethal," says Andrews. "His general build-up play maybe needs to be worked on but there's going to be aspects of every part of his game that slightly need to be worked on.

Rhian Brewster of Swansea City celebrates 4:28
A selection of Rhian Brewster's best goals for Swansea in the EFL Championship

"The biggest thing he's got going for him is the fact that he's an instinctive finisher. He doesn't thrash at things, he's very composed and he has a knack for heading as well.

"He can't overpower 6ft 2in centre halves, he has to out-cute them. He has to get in between areas and he does that very well."


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