Manchester City and Liverpool have recently been linked by The Daily Star with a move for Derby midfielder Will Hughes and although he has good potential, he would cost a good amount of money for Derby to even be tempted to sell him.
I feel a fee of around £8m-£10m would be enough to persuade Derby to accept a deal. It also all depends on what Hughes wants himself.
Derby County manager Nigel Clough said:
Nobody knows what we want or what the fee is going to be come the time, because we have not got a specific valuation in mind. Would it be more than £6m? Yes, I think it is fair to say that. We just think it is going to be a very, very substantial figure to tempt him away.
We’ve had no bids or contact from anybody. If someone comes in through the front door and makes an official enquiry or bid, we will have to react to it. Unless there is somebody sitting there with an awful lot of money burning a hole in their pocket I cannot see it changing.”
Will Hughes would have a big decision to make regarding his future if Derby came to an agreement on a fee with either club but for me personally, at his age I would stay at Derby for at least one more season. He is a regular in the first team playing in the Championship for a club that will be looking to push for promotion so he will keep his confident up if Derby are winning matches and playing well. If he did move to a big club then he would not be playing regularly and it could effect his progress as a footballer.
But then again on the other hand I’m sure Hughes would have ambitions to play for England one day and no offence to Derby, he would be more likely to be picked if he was playing for Man City or Liverpool than he would playing for Derby. If I was Will Hughes, wait one more season, keep his performances up in the Championship and then look at the situation next summer. Hughes is still very young so he has plenty of time.