02 October 2020 18:38
Sheffield United have completed the permanent signing of striker Rhian Brewster from Liverpool for a club-record fee. England Under-21s striker Brewster, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea, has agreed a five-year deal after the two clubs agreed a fee understood to be £23.5million. "United have again smashed the club's record transfer fee to secure the services of the sought-after striker, patiently fighting off competition from Premier League rivals in the process," the Blades said on their official website. "Brewster has penned a five-year deal at Bramall Lane, with United agreeing a substantial, undisclosed fee with Liverpool for the services of the England Under-21 international and it's a piece of business that has left Chris Wilder delighted." Blades boss Wilder said: "At the top of the pitch we have one of the country's hottest properties from Liverpool and for him to sign permanent here is fantastic for everyone concerned. Brewster joined Liverpool from Chelsea's youth set-up in 2015 and was included in Jurgen Klopp's matchday squad for their Premier League game against Crystal Palace in April 2017.
The 20-year-old, who signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool in June 2018, made four cup appearances for Klopp's side last season and in January went out on loan to Swansea, where he scored 11 goals in 22 appearances. As part of the deal Liverpool have negotiated a 15 per cent sell-on clause and a buy-back option which will be active for the next three seasons. Rhian Brewster scored 11 goals for Swansea last season (Mike Egerton/PA) Rhian Brewster has completed a £23.5million transfer to Sheffield United from Liverpool. The 20-year-old has put pen to paper on a long-term deal after snubbing interest from both Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. Liverpool have insisted on a three-year buy-back clause being included in the deal as an insurance.
He returned to Liverpool this summer but was still behind the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino in the pecking order at Anfield. Blades boss Chris Wilder said: "At the top of the pitch we have one of the country's hottest properties from Liverpool and for him to sign permanent here is fantastic for everyone concerned. Liverpool have sold Rhian Brewster to Sheffield United for £23.5 million, which will further improve their excellent record of selling players. Brewster, who was on loan at Swansea City last season, completed his move to the Blades after a medical on Friday. It's a good price for a 20-year-old who is yet to play in the Premier League and the Reds will also have a 15% sell on clause and a buy back clause, should they decide to re-sign him in the next three years.
Two years later Liverpool again made good money this time by selling back-up goalkeeper Danny Ward to Leicester City for around £13 million, having previously played just three games for the club. In January 2019 Edwards was at it again as he sold Dominic Solanke for £20 million to Bournemouth, having joined Liverpool for £3 million from Chelsea in May 2017. He had made 27 appearances and scored just one goal in the 18 months he was at the club and so far he has just five goals in 50 appearances for Bournemouth, and was unable to keep them from going down last season. Even selling Danny Ings earned the Reds over £10 million in profit when he was sold to Southampton, with injuries reducing him to just 25 appearances for the Anfield side. This summer Liverpool sold 31-year-old centre back Dejan Lovren for £10.8 million, which was pretty good business, and signed Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Konstantinos Tsimikas for a total of £72 million. Rhian Brewster leaves Liverpool in a £23.5million transfer for Sheffield United after the decision was made to let him depart for the good of his career. But a buyback clause for the next three seasons shows that club chiefs aren't completely giving up on the 20-year-old striker. Brewster becomes the eighth most expensive sale in the club's history, despite never kicking a Premier League ball for the Reds. Brewster returned to Anfield this summer after a successful loan spell at Swansea City last term. He scored 11 goals in 22 games for the Championship side, impressing as they reached the playoffs and returned to Merseyside hoping to use pre-season to force his way into Jurgen Klopp's first-team plans. (Image: Pool via REUTERS) Klopp has long been a big fan of Brewster, believing the young hitman has what it takes to score goals and shine in the Premier League. He has previously spoken of creating a pathway for Brewster at first-team level, having warded off Bundesliga advances in 2017, with the youngster giving serious thought to following Jadon Sancho abroad at a time when his contract was almost up. However, when that happened - at a time when Brewster had fired England Under-17s to World Cup glory, winning the golden boot - there were two key factors that looked very different. In contrast, Curtis Jones, a year younger, has 17 Liverpool games to his name, while Harvey Elliott, only 17, has 12. Thus, through no fault of his own, Brewster's development has fallen a little behind where he was expected to be right now - while Liverpool have reached great new heights - perhaps higher than they imagined three years ago. (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images) Liverpool have been in no rush to part with Brewster. "He had a really good half season at Swansea and was really impressive, he came here for pre-season and scored for us - you could see that he made big steps. Sheffield United's deal - £23million, 15 percent sell on fee, buy back clause until the summer of 2023 - ticks all the boxes. The makeup of the transfer isn't dissimilar to that which saw Dominic Solanke head to Bournemouth, with Liverpool keeping first refusal on him after his £19million switch. Will Rhian Brewster return to Liverpool? Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip. There was plenty for the manager to talk about with Liverpool's Rhian Brewster the big talking point. Reports this week claim United have lodged a club record bid for the striker and that he has been free to discuss personal terms. United have opened the campaign with three straight defeats and Wilder has been looking ahead to the Arsenal game on Sunday and has updated us with the latest situation regarding O'Connell's injury.