As he looks to build a team capable of challenging for top honours in Europe and at home, Brendan Rodgers is looking to maximize profits from surplus players, which would allow him to have some financial cushion in the transfer market. Liverpool loanee Oussama Assaidi has impressed in his time with Stoke City last season, but when the Potters came calling to make his transfer permanent, they were quoted a sky-high price of £7 million for the Moroccan international, according to reports in The Mirror.
Assaidi arrived at Merseyside from Heerenveen for a price in the range of £3.5 million. The 25 year old winger has since struggled to break into the first team at Anfield, making only 12 appearance in the 2012-13 campaign and was subsequently loaned to Stoke City at the start of last year’s campaign. His time at the Britannia stadium was a more fruitful one, making 25 appearances and weighing in with 5 goals. Manager Mark Hughes asserted at the end of this season that he would like to be able to hold on to Assaidi permanently, however his desire could get stonewalled by the winger’s asking price.
Whether further negotiations with regards to Assaidi’s future take place, remains to be seen. Rodgers must eventually however give due consideration to the Moroccan’s own wishes.