With Dejan Lovren looking increasingly likely to join Liverpool this week, the deal represents better business for Southampton than Liverpool.
With a fee of around the £16 million mark believed to have been agreed, Lovren looks set to join ex-teammates Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana at Anfield.
However, Southampton are set to make a profit of at least double what they paid to Lyon for the defender last summer, and despite some of his superb performances, there have also been moments where he has not looked as solid.
Despite featuring in Croatia's World Cup squad this summer, the 6ft 2in defender had his share of shaky moments in the 2013-14 campaign which will leave Southampton feeling he is replaceable.
Lovren made 31 appearances for Southampton last season and missed a chunk of games through injury, scoring two goals. His first came against the side he is set to join in what was Liverpool's only defeat at Anfield last season.
He did, however, displays a slightly erratic streak, which led to some errors in his judgement and decision making.
The Croat had a tendency to try and make it to the ball ahead of the striker, only to be knocked off easily and taken out of the game.
A key example of Lovren's weaknesses came in the loss at Tottenham Hotspur on March 23.
Despite Southampton dominating the first half, they were only two goals ahead when he was muscled off the ball too easily by Nacer Chadli in the build-up to Spurs' first goal and even more so by Roberto Soldado for the equaliser.
These examples show that Lovren might not be the top class defender that Brendan Rodgers is looking for in his attempt to win the title next season. Southampton may just have the last laugh with the deal and the profit that they are set to make.
Ronald Koeman won't have long to wait before he finds out though, with his new side set to travel to Anfield on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.