Liverpool finally know how much Harvey Elliott cost when they lured him to Anfield in 2019. A tribunal made the compensation to Fulham official.
We went into Wednesday with news that Fulham wanted £10m as the compensation cost for Harvey Elliott. They don’t get that.
It would have been a record tribunal fee, eclipsing the £6.5m Liverpool paid Burnley for Danny Ings. Fulham had good reason to ask for it, too.
Elliott has exploded in the Championship this season, leading the assists chart and seems to be on the verge of Premier League level. And he’s still just 17.
Signing him now would cost any club an absolute fortune – far more than £10m.
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But the Athletic reports that it won’t even cost Liverpool that. Instead, they’ll pay £4m. It’s still a record tribunal fee but only for a teenager.
Fulham are said to be happy with it but we imagine the £4m isn’t the reason why. Instead, the 20 per cent sell-on clause could end up being fantastic for them.
If Elliott fulfils his potential they could one day take home above £10m for someone who played just a few games for them.
We can’t imagine Liverpool are too unhappy, either. For one, they’ll likely have no intentions of selling Elliott anytime soon.
They get a sensationally-talented teenager for £4m, then. One who could be in and around their first-team in just a couple of years.
So overall, everyone should be happy with this outcome. No one misses out as Fulham get a record fee with potential for far more.
Liverpool get one of the best teenagers around – someone who feels like a truly special and rare talent.
Elliott gets a future with one of the world’s biggest clubs, one who has a reputation for developing players over the last few years.
Hopefully, then, there are no complaints from anyone with this.