Liverpool impressed several clubs and agents in football with their Ben Davies deal, according to reports. The 26-year-old recently joined Sheffield United on loan.
This comes from the Athletic. They claim Liverpool made a real impression on rivals with their deal for Ben Davies.
As the article states, Liverpool paid £500k to sign Davies from Preston back on February 1st. Add-ons – including an England appearance – could drive that fee up to nearly £2m.
And that’s enough, apparently, to impress rivals. The Athletic say Liverpool are ‘delighted’ with that deal and that rival clubs are impressed.
They quote one uninvolved agent as describing the business as ‘very savvy’.
That’s all because Liverpool stand to make a profit on Davies – even though he’s never actually played for them. And likely never will.
The Ben Davies deal
Davies was an impressive centre-back in the Championship when Liverpool signed him. They took advantage of him only having six months left on his contract to secure him for a bargain fee, however.
Now he’s off on Sheffield United on loan, six months after joining the Reds. The deal has already covered the cost of Davies’ purchase, as well as his wages.
Thus Liverpool can almost guarantee a sizeable profit here. Davies has years left on his contract, instantly increasing his value, while a season performing well for the Blades would boost it further.
We’re not exactly sure what Liverpool could eventually command. There’s reportedly a belief at Preston, however, that he’s worth more than £20m.
Now, we find it unlikely that Davies will command a fee like that in a year. It’s not entirely impossible as Championship fees continue to rise but it seems hard to believe.
But Liverpool can expect some sort of million-pound profit on the way here. And that is undoubtedly ‘savvy’ transfer business.