Tuesday 21 November 2017

Reds face losing Spanish teenager

Sergi Canos's future at Liverpool is still not confirmed Stock photo: PA
Sergi Canos's future at Liverpool is still not confirmed Stock photo: PA

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Spanish teenager Sergi Canos made his Liverpool debut on Sunday afternoon, but the midfielder's Anfield future is still in doubt as contract talks drag on.

Canos played the last nine minutes of Liverpool's 1-1 draw with West Brom, which he described as "a dream come true" and "the best 10 minutes of my life". Canos, 19, had returned to Liverpool last weekend after an impressive season on loan at Brentford in the Championship.

But Canos' current Liverpool contract has just one year left to run and the two parties are currently some way apart on terms for a new deal. Liverpool have so far offered him a new deal on £3,000 per week, which is one third of what he could hope to command if he left.

Liverpool are currently trying to keep their wage bill down for young players, an approach that cost them Jordan Rossiter, who agreed a move to Rangers last week. This new club policy could see Canos leave as well.

If Canos does not agree a new long-term contract at Anfield then Liverpool will have little option but to sell him, as he would still bring in a fee of at least £1million if he made a permanent transfer this summer. Brentford are keen on signing him permanently, after he made 38 Championship appearances and scored seven goals.

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