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Liverpool's reported £50m transfer budget can go further than you think

Liverpool’s transfer budget feels reasonably small this summer but it could go further than you think. The Reds have previous with stretching their funds.

There are a couple of reports covering Liverpool’s transfer budget this summer. ESPN, for instance, say the Reds have/had around £50m.

Now, it’s unlikely to be around that level anymore. Liverpool signed Ibrahima Konate for £36m, taking a large chunk out of their funds.

The Athletic say Liverpool hope to add another £60m through player sales, however.

And all of that money can go further than it looks. We can look at the three last major transfers to see why.

Liverpool’s transfer budget

Liverpool signed Konate by paying a release clause. That made the fee non-negotiable, which was an advantage for the Reds as the player is undoubtedly worth more than £36m.

But there was a catch. Per the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool had to pay that fee upfront in one go. So if they went into the window with a £50m budget, Konate’s deal cut them down to £14m.

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The club doesn’t usually deal that way. Again per the Echo, they structured both the Diogo Jota and Thiago deals differently.

Jota cost a guaranteed £41m (potentially rising to £45m with bonuses). Liverpool, though, put up under 10% of that for the first 12 months.

Similarly, Liverpool only gave Bayern Munich £5m upfront for Thiago. They’ll pay the other £15m over the next few years.

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So this is how Liverpool can stretch their eventual budget far beyond that initial £50m. Konate was an unusually straight-forward transaction but others won’t be.

We’ve had a link to Yves Bissouma, for instance. The Athletic say Liverpool want him and that he’d cost £40m. That wouldn’t be £40m out of a £50m or £60m budget, though.

An initial fee could be as low as £4m out of the initial budget, like the Jota and Thiago deals. It all depends on how many years Liverpool are willing to commit investment.

And with this strategy, Liverpool leave themselves open to a major transfer this summer, despite the low budget.

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