By Scott Taylor
Sergi Canos could be the latest youngster to leave Liverpool, as the Reds try and keep their wage bill down. Canos, 19, made his first-team debut coming on as an 81st minute substitute in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at West Brom on Sunday. However, with one year left on his current contract, Canos and the club cannot agree personal terms on a new contract and could leave the club when his contract expires.
Canos joined the club from Barcelona in the summer 2013, progressing through the U18s and to the U21s, where he has featured 25 times, scoring 3 goals and making 7 assists.
He recently returned from his loan spell at Championship side Brentford, where he scored 7 goals and 5 assists during his 39 appearances in West London.
The club have offered the winger a new contract of £3,000 per week, however his representatives are pushing for as much as three times that value, since that is the figure they would demand other clubs to pay.
Liverpool have a policy where they want to keep youth players’ wage bill down, which led to the departure of Jordan Rossiter to Rangers and the potential loss of Jerome Sinclair.
Canos’ contract saga has put many clubs on alert, with Rangers, Fulham, Reading and his loan side Brentford all interested in signing him on a permanent deal.
Rangers have reportedly made a bid for the teenager, and should he leave Liverpool, the club will get at least £1m for his services.
The Scottish Premier League side have already signed Rossiter for £250,000, and with former Academy Director Frank McParland working with Rangers, Mark Warbuton’s side are keen on bringing Canos north of the border.
Canos has also attracted interest from clubs back in his native Spain, with La Liga sides Eibar and Sporting Gijon interested.
However, in order to get him on the cheap, these sides will have to wait until the end of his contract, as Liverpool will only receive a small compensation fee as a result.
Canos described his debut as a ‘dream come true’, but will his Liverpool dream turn into a nightmare if his contract situation cannot be resolved.