Liverpool want £7 million to part with Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi this summer, reports suggest.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is content to sell Assaidi with Stoke circling but the Potters are said to be shocked by the club's hefty valuation of a player who spent a successful loan spell at the Britannia Stadium last season.
Such a price tag has to be considered all the more surprising and frankly unreasonable given that Assaidi has made just four top-flight appearances for Liverpool since moving to Anfield from Eredivisie outfit Heerenveen during the summer of 2012.
While the 25-year-old was somewhat of a hot property during his time in the Netherlands, he has evidently found it difficult to break into the first-team setup on Merseyside but was allowed to flourish with the aid of regular football under Mark Hughes at Stoke.
As such, Hughes has not attempted to hide his desire to retain the player's services this summer - although it seems speculative that he will agree to pay such a seemingly exorbitant fee without first at least attempting to engage in a degree of wily negotiation.
With Liverpool evidently keen to raise funds for the purchase of several new recruits this summer, it would have to be considered somewhat odd if they refused to budge on such a valuation.
Realistically, Assaidi - bar a remarkable turnaround in fortunes or a severe injury crisis that sidelines the majority of Liverpool's impressive attacking unit - is never likely to make the cut at Anfield, so it would certainly make sense for Rodgers and Liverpool to cash in while they have the opportunity.
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