Liverpool have been quiet for most of the summer. The Reds have been restrained in the transfer market, waiting for the right moment to strike. It has been a nervy time to be a Kopite, wondering if and when the club would invest in the squad. They have and they have done so emphatically. Liverpool’s £70m double swoop for Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara has highlighted another reason Michael Edwards is the best there is.
Liverpool double swoop
In the last couple of days we have seen Liverpool complete deals for Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota.
After months of speculation, the Reds finalised a deal worth £20m plus £5m in bonuses for Thiago.
The Spaniard was entering the final year of his deal at Bayern Munich and had told the club he was unwilling to sign a new deal, leaving the door open for the Reds to secure a transfer at a bargain price.
Diogo Jota will be arriving at Anfield for £45m following a successful spell at Wolves.
The 23-year-old Portuguese forward comes to Merseyside with bags of potential and the endorsement of Pep Lijnders.
It was a transfer that caught most Kopites by surprise, nobody saw the move coming.
Buy now pay later
Michael Edwards has managed to pull off these two master strokes by paying miniscule amounts up front.
The Reds will allegedly pay £5m a season for Thiago, paying the fee over the duration of the midfielder’s contract.
Whilst Liverpool will pay just shy of 10% of the guaranteed Jota fee over the next 12 months according to Melissa Reddy.
These two deals highlight another way in which Michael Edwards is head and shoulders above other directors.
Not only is he securing bargain deals but he is managing to finance these deals in ways which leave us paying paltry fees up front, allowing us to spread the cost of these transfers over a number of years.
This represents phenomenal business on Edwards’ part and is just another reason why he is the best around.