Liverpool immediately covered Ben Davies’ transfer fee with a smart departure. The Reds did some incredible business on deadline day.
Liverpool signed Ben Davies for a small fee on Monday evening. Sky Sports say it’s just an initial £500k, with £1.1m extra in add-ons.
But those add-ons only come into play if Davies is good, of course. The risk here is just £500k if the player isn’t good enough.
We called that remarkable. Liverpool effectively guarantee themselves profit on Davies, as they could sell the player for over £500k regardless of what happens.
But the financial details may be even more impressive than that.
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Takumi Minamino joined Southampton at the last minute – a good loan deal that should help the player finally adapt to Premier League football.
And the Athletic reports that Liverpool got a fee for the loan – £500k. Or, the initial cost of Davies’ transfer.
There is a slight ‘catch’ here. That fee drops if Minamino plays regularly but that would mean the loan is going well, of course.
So the worst-case here is that Liverpool strike even if neither deal works out as intended. If either works well, then we’re talking very small sums that were well worth it.
This is just fantastic business, in our eyes. Liverpool have put up next to no risk in their deals. Even the Ozan Kabak deal comes with an option to buy, asking for remarkably little financial commitment.
Liverpool left things very late, which could have seen them pay over the odds for players. Instead, they’ve made three beneficial deals happen for next to nothing.
In total, the only firm commitment is the £1m for Kabak’s initial loan fee. That’s their worst-case overall from a day of desperate searching for players.
All in all, this is incredibly impressive stuff.