Liverpool have already covered Ben Davies’ transfer fee with his loan to Sheffield United, according to reports. There’s profit on the way.
This comes from the Mirror. They claim Liverpool landed £500k from Sheffield United as part of the Ben Davies loan.
It’s an interesting figure as it directly covers the cost of signing Davies from Preston in February. Liverpool paid £500k upfront, per Sky Sports, with a further £1.1m in add-ons.
Though as Davies never actually played for Liverpool, it seems unlikely that any of those bonuses were met.
Promotion for Sheffield United would land the Reds another £500k, too, while there’s no buy clause in the deal. Davies will return to Liverpool, whether the club will look at their options.
Ben Davies secures Sheffield United loan
Things will have to turn around quickly if Liverpool are to get that extra £550k – the Blades lost 4-0 to West Brom on Wednesday. Davies didn’t play, however.
Still, Liverpool will fancy their chances of securing a profit on Davies. They’ve covered the initial cost already and any sale from here should only bring profit.
Davies would have to put in a pretty shocking season to be worth under £1.1m, so even the add-ons should be covered, too.
This isn’t the first time Sheffield United helped out Liverpool’s finances, of course. They signed Rhian Brewster last summer for around £23.5m.
That signing didn’t work out well at all, however, as they were relegated without the young forward scoring a goal. Liverpool will hope the Davies loan goes a bit better than that.
We imagine it will. Sheffield United have too many decent players to struggle that badly – the West Brom defeat is almost certainly a blip. And as we say, if Davies does alright, he’ll comfortably sell for enough that Liverpool make a profit.