Fulham want Liverpool to pay a record fee for Harvey Elliott, according to the Standard. The 16-year-old completed his move to Anfield at the weekend.
Elliott was out of contract at Fulham and Liverpool could sign him freely as a result. Because of his age, however, a compensation fee will be decided by tribunal.
Liverpool had to pay similar when they picked up Danny Ings from Burnley in 2015. That fee, as a matter of fact, is the current record for a tribunal fee – £6.5m plus £1.5m in add-ons, as well as 20% of a future fee.
Fulham want more, according to the Standard, for a player who became the youngest in Premier League history last May.
Cynically, you could wonder if Fulham fast-tracked Elliott in order to guarantee a higher tribunal fee. But then he is one of the most sought-after teenagers in the country; he was always going to command a high price.
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You can’t imagine that Liverpool will mind, though.
Consolidating for the future was always the main agenda this summer and Elliott plays a part in that.
There’s obviously the immediate future, covered by new contracts for first-team stars. Divock Origi, for instance, committed to the club this summer.
But Elliott, along with Sepp van den Berg, guarantee the stream of young talent continues to flow. It may be a few years before he makes a big impact at Liverpool but it will be well worth any potential tribunal fee when it comes.