Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has suggested that he expects Liverpool to be looking to find a permanent buyer for Harry Wilson this summer before they consider sending him out on another loan.
Wilson spent the campaign on loan with Cardiff this season and he managed to enjoy another impressive spell in the Championship weighing in with seven goals and 11 assists in 37 appearances.
It has already been reported that the Bluebirds are keen to try and bring him back to the Cardiff City Stadium on another loan deal this summer, and that they have already enquired into that prospect.
However, Liverpool were keen to sell him last summer if they could have found the right buyer. They were thought to have placed a £20 million price tag on him. Burnley did make a sizeable offer for the Welsh international but it fell short of the demands of his current club. He ultimately then ended up making the move on loan to Cardiff instead.
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Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, via Wales Online, Dalman revealed that he expects Liverpool to now be looking to get some cash for Wilson this summer. However, he did reveal that the Premier League side would make the Bluebirds aware if he came available to loan once again.
He said: “I would imagine Liverpool will be looking to sell him.
“Liverpool knows our desire to have him back. If there’s any change in the circumstances there I’m pretty confident Liverpool will let us know.”
This is a blow to Cardiff’s hopes of re-signing Wilson, but in truth the prospect of that was always looking unlikely for them anyway. The Bluebirds are not in a position financially where they could put up the sizeable transfer fee that would be required to get Liverpool to cash in on the Wales international during the summer transfer window.
Having said that, there will still be some hope because Liverpool could not find a buyer at the right price for Wilson last summer. Therefore, if the same were to happen again Cardiff could look to profit from that by giving the Premier League side a loan fee for him again.
Wilson is going to be a very difficult player to replace and McCarthy is going to have to work very hard to search through the transfer market and find an alternative now. The Bluebirds will have to try and replace the 18-goal contributions he brought to the side if they are to have any chance of challenging for promotion.