Fulham chase a record-breaking fee for Harvey Elliott from Liverpool. The teenager left the Cottagers for Anfield in 2019.
Harvey Elliott broke into first-team football at Fulham but didn’t stay much longer than that. His 18/19 campaign featured both senior and then Premier League debuts.
That generated a lot of hype – as any 16-year-old playing top-flight football would. Liverpool, among others, saw that hype.
And that resulted in the Reds poaching Elliott in mid-2019. They signed him as he didn’t yet have a professional contract, meaning Fulham couldn’t put up a fight.
But they’re entitled to compensation, something they couldn’t agree to with Liverpool. Now, a tribunal needs to decide how much the Reds should pay.
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The Athletic claims Fulham want £10m. That would be a record compensation fee, eclipsing the £6.5m Burnley got for Danny Ings – from Liverpool.
What RTK has to say
Yeah, they’re entitled to that. Liverpool won’t want to pay it but you can’t judge Fulham for wanting it.
For one thing, Elliott is clearly one of the most talented 17-year-old players we’ve seen in a long, long time. He’s showing that with his form in the Championship.
If he did have a professional contract at Fulham, they’ve have received an enormous amount of money. The Athletic’s article mentions the £24m they got for Ryan Sessegnon and Elliott is above his level.
So this will be a tricky one. Fulham quite clearly played the biggest part in Elliott’s development – they had him playing senior level at 15.
And let’s be honest, £10m for Elliott is still a bargain seeing as he’s definitely worth far more than that already. He’s got the most assists in the Championship at 17 – Liverpool wouldn’t sell him for £40m.
Look, from a Liverpool perspective, we hope the tribunal decides on a low fee. But we don’t begrudge Fulham their demands and if they get the full £10m, they deserve it.
And we’ll still consider this a bargain.