Liverpool will secure themselves a small profit as Danny Ings joins Aston Villa. Just how much do they get, though?
Aston Villa signed former Liverpool striker Danny Ings from Southampton on Wednesday. The Athletic claims they’ll pay around £30m for the player.
This comes, of course, as Villa reportedly prepare to sell Jack Grealish to Manchester City. That sale should secure them a British-record transfer fee of around £100m.
A third of it goes straight into signing Ings, it seems.
It’s easy to see why they’ve been so quick to move. Ings has 34 Premier League goals over the last two seasons and is right in his prime. Villa won’t rely on him as their sole goalscorer, either, meaning his injury problems aren’t too big of a concern.
But an Ings / Ollie Watkins strike force looks good to us. Let alone with Emiliano Buendia and Leon Bailey on the wings.
Onto the big question, however: What does this mean for Liverpool?
Liverpool profit from Ings to Villa
Per the Athletic, Liverpool get a percentage of this sale. Specifically, they secure 20% of the profit Southampton earned.
It’s a pretty straightforward one, then. The Saints paid £20m to sign Ings back in 2019, meaning the £30m earns them £10m.
That translates to £2m for Liverpool as a result of this transfer.
No, it’s not an earth-shattering amount and it doesn’t really change any summer plans for Liverpool. Still, it’s a couple of million in the bank for essentially nothing.
And it does sound as though Liverpool need all the money they can get. Not only are they signing key players to bigger contracts, but it’s long been reported that they must sell-to-buy this summer.
This goes a small way to helping those processes on, then. And who can scoff at that?