Liverpool have made it clear to the clubs interested in signing teenage striker Jerome Sinclair that they would have to stump up £3million if they want to sign him in January, reports the Mirror. Premier League clubs Watford and Bournemouth have both shown interest in signing the 19-year-old, who is Liverpool’s youngest ever player in all competitions, and is out of contract at the end of the season. Although he can be signed for next to nothing in the summer Watford are particularly keen to get it done in January.
Contract talks with Sinclair have stalled and it seems improbable that he will stay at Liverpool beyond the summer. But this hasn’t stopped Liverpool from demanding a high fee for the striker. According to the report, the fact that he is out of contract in June means Sinclair could join a foreign club in the summer and go for around £200,000 in compensation. La Liga side Espanyol and Dutch side Groningen have both made enquiries. Sinclair could also sign for a Premier League club as a free agent in the summer and his age means that a fee would be set by tribunal.
Sinclair’s lack of first team football means that clubs may not be prepared to pay that high a fee for him especially keeping new-Southampton signing Charlie Austin’s price of £4million. Liverpool will have to suffer a loss if they do not accept a bid less than £3million for him.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Jerome Sinclair’s motivations for leaving Anfield are financial, saying that an education is more important than money.
Speaking to the press ahead of the FA Cup game against Exeter, Klopp said that this stage in his career a proper footballing education is more important than money.
“It’s not important to get the highest wages of your life in your first year,” Klopp replied, as reported by BBC Sport, when asked about Sinclair’s contract situation. It’s more important to get an education. I don’t know too much. I like Jerome, to be honest; he’s a real talent and if he wants to stay with us, absolutely no problem, but if not we cannot force it.”