Liverpool won’t be paying a large fee for Patson Daka but the player is off to England. The Reds are making the right move, however.
Patson Daka is moving to the Premier League for a record-breaking fee. He’s set to join Leicester City, per Kronen Zeitung.
“I’m going to England and to Leicester City,” he told the paper.
He’ll cost the Foxes £25m, which is the most paid for any player from the Austrian Bundesliga. Funnily enough, the next two highest are Naby Keita and Sadio Mane.
Instead, he’ll join Leicester and for us, that’s the right decision all-round.
Liverpool right to pass on Daka fee
His goalscoring record is phenomenal – as it kind of had to be. Daka stepped up as Erling Haaland’s replacement, which is no easy task. But 27 goals and seven assists in 28 games is about as good as you can ask for.
The Zambian was prolific in Austria and the hope is that he can carry that form over to English football.
But as it turns out, £25m is just too much. Certainly, if it must also come with a promise of first-team football that Liverpool can’t give.
Because despite the form and the potential, Daka is still a risk. Not every player thrives on leaving the Red Bull system, as Liverpool have seen with Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino.
Yes, Mane and Haaland are fine examples of when it goes right but they do feel like exceptions. Even Hwang Hee-Chan, who moved to sister-club RB Leipzig, has struggled badly on leaving Salzburg.
At £25m, we don’t think Daka was the right risk for Liverpool. They couldn’t guarantee him the games to develop and settle which he might need.
And as the Reds plan on another title challenge, putting that kind of money towards a more sure thing makes sense. Daka could have thrived but the risk just isn’t worth it at that price.