Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan is set to leave Anfield this summer, after the player has been unable to secure assurances of first-team football necessary to convince him to put pen-to-paper with the Reds. The 21-year-old has just 11 months left on his contract, and is likely to be the subject of a transfer scramble as Championship clubs battle for a summer bargain.
The Independent report that Brannaghan has been left out of Liverpool’s pre-season squad, who are preparing to travel to Hong Kong for the pre-season Premier League Asia Trophy. The short-tournament takes places next week, and is comprised of Liverpool, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.
Liverpool are believed to be unwilling to let Brannagan leave the club on loan without signing a new contract, leaving the two parties at deadlock as the player is concerned over his lack of first-team opportunities at Anfield. Premier League side Stoke City are believed to be keen on the starlet, as well as recently relegated Hull City and fellow Championship side Derby County.
The Mancunian is a product of the Reds’ youth academy, and has earned two England Under-20 caps after impressing for the club’s Under-21 side. Brannagan had a loan spell with Fleetwood Town last season, making 13 appearances for the club. Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp handed the player his first Liverpool start last October, in a League Cup game against Bournemouth.
Klopp has publicly expressed his desire to build a stronger squad ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, and has already recruited Roma’s Mohamed Salah for a club record fee of £37m.
In a highly competitive transfer market, the Reds are still vying for further signings. Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk remains a long-term target, along with RB Leipzig midfield ace Naby Keïta.