Liverpool signed Ben Davies for a fantastic price on transfer deadline day. It’s one that effectively guarantees them a great profit.
Liverpool paid an initial £500k price to Preston North End for Ben Davies, per Sky Sports. A series of add-ons can take it up to £1.6m – still, a bargain fee.
Then there is a 20 per cent sell-on clause but that won’t worry Liverpool. They’ll profit here, regardless.
We have next to no idea how long-term Liverpool see this deal. Davies is 25, for one, which is roughly the exact age where it can go either way.
He’s someone who can step in and perform now, while he’s just about young enough to improve considerably.
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Liverpool have obviously signed him to perform this season, given the club’s injury crisis. But how far beyond that? Do they see him at the club next season?
Thankfully, it really doesn’t matter – they’ll profit regardless.
Liverpool got a player entering his prime, with years of Championship experience behind him. And they got him for £500k.
The initial price is what’s key here because it’s the absolute minimum, worst-case scenario.
They paid that because Davies had an expiring contract. Preston would have had nothing as he left in the summer.
The question, then, is can Liverpool sell him for more than £500k in the summer? Absolutely they can.
Again, he’s an experienced Championship player entering his prime. He’s also a bigger name thanks to this high-profile deal, and any new club would be signing a player with Premier League games under his belt.
Now that his contract isn’t expiring, Liverpool can definitely profit on this deal even if they sold him tomorrow. And that’s the worst-case outcome.
If they end up paying the full £1.6m, it’s because Davies worked out. That way, they’ve made their money back purely in his performances.
And in that scenario, they could easily sell him for an awful lot more. He’s be a player who can hold his own at the top of the Premier League, after all. Those players don’t come cheap.
Alternatively, Liverpool hold onto Davies and they’ve got a player who is good enough for them at just £1.6m.
All in all, this is a remarkable deal and one that can’t really go wrong.