Liverpool could have to break the current record for a tribunal fee paid for a player if they plan on signing Danny Ings once his Burnley contract has expired this summer.
The Reds are known admirers of the English forward, though Tottenham Hotspur are in pole position at the moment given that they’d had a £12 million bid accepted by Burnley.
According to the Daily Mail Brendan Rodgers isn’t keen on matching that offer, despite Burnley’s hope of sparking a bidding war, and so will have to hope Ings remains strong on his stance that he would rather move to Anfield than White Hart Lane.
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The belief is that the 22-year-old wants to move to Liverpool and so will likely run down his contract at Burnley, but even then he won’t simply become a free agent able to be plucked.
Due to the fact he’s under 24 his current club are entitled to a development fee if he leaves as a result of his deal running out, one that will be decided by the Professional Football Compensation Committee.
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That’s where the problem could come in for Liverpool, as word on the grapevine is Ings’ compensation fee could break the current record standing from when Chelsea took Daniel Sturridge onboard and had to pay Manchester City £6.5m back in 2009.
The actual fee Liverpool would have to part with is £8m, though Rodgers doesn’t have nearly the same budget he had last summer and so will have to be careful with his transfers.
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The Northern Irishman is said to consider Aston Villa star Christian Benteke his top target, but with the Belgium international possessive of a release clause worth £32.5m his will hardly be a thrifty deal to negotiate.
As a result Liverpool could have to dispense with a number of their current players if they’re to be successful in landing their desired targets. Mario Balotelli is one man sure to be in line for the chop if push comes to shove following his terrible campaign, whilst Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini could follow him out the door, creating not only more transfer funds but also room for the likes of Ings and Benteke.
For now the Reds will have to wait and see if Tottenham can’t convince Ings to sign with them before June 30, when his contract runs out. Liverpool could match Spurs’ £12m offer and put themselves in a far safer position, but that doesn’t seem likely given their stubbornness so far.
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