Liverpool expect to make a big profit on Ben Davies next summer, according to reports.
The centre-back has departed the club on loan having only joined in January. He joined Sheffield United without ever playing a competitive game for the Reds.
Despite the fact that he has never, and probably will never, play for the club, Liverpool still expect to make a profit on him, per The Athletic.
Davies cost just £500,000 to sign from Preston eight months ago, despite being valued much higher. He was entering the final few months of his contract at Deepdale.
This price would rise to £2m, if a series of add-ons were met, including a clause that the Championship club would receive a sum of money if the Englishman ever played for his country.
Yet it is unlikely that any of these clauses will be met, so Davies will probably only cost the bare £500,000.
It is believed that that money has already been recouped, as it is what Sheffield United have paid to take Davies on loan for the season.
The Blades are also paying his wages in full.
Depending on how well he plays this season, someone will most likely pay a decent fee to sign the player next summer.
Per The Athletic, one source rates him as a better player than Adam Webster. Webster moved to Brighton from Bristol City for £20m in 2019.
While Davies would not fetch this fee, unless he has a season for the ages, it is promising news for Liverpool.
Selling Davies for a profit would be savvy business by Liverpool
Signing Ben Davies has proved to be an excellent deal for Liverpool. While it may have not worked out on-field, it has been a savvy financial move.
Bringing in a player and selling him for a profit is always excellent business. It is even better when the player hasn’t even proven himself on the pitch.
Other clubs are said to be in admiration of Jurgen Klopp’s side for how good a deal it was.
Yes, it would have been better again had Davies actually made an impact on the pitch. But this is the next best thing.
As a left-footed, homegrown centre-back, he will probably be in demand next summer.
Yes, it remains to be seen exactly how much Liverpool will make for Davies. Yet if he is rated higher than £20m-man Webster, it could be a few million pounds at least.
It is a sign of how astute Michael Edwards and the rest of the transfer committee really are.
It should see Liverpool make more of this type of deal in future. There are plenty of players available on the cheap that the club would be able to sell for a profit.
If it helps them sign top-quality footballers by having more money in the bank, then it is worth the low risk.