It is hard to remember that Jonjo Shelvey ever played for Liverpool, but his Anfield legacy will be placed in plain sight now Newcastle and Swansea have agreed his £12million transfer.
After failing to break into Brendan Rodgers' first-team, Shelvey was sold to Swansea in 2013 for a rather modest £5m, but one facet of the deal that went overlooked was the 30% sell-on clause.
He has since impressed for the Welsh club, even breaking into Roy Hodgson's England team in recent international breaks. As a result, Sports Direct United have seen him as the perfect addition to their squad.
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He's even getting an actual contract from Mike Ashley, who, as we all know, doesn't hand them out lightly. Whether Shelvey will have to adhere to the same six-strike policy as most of Ashley's workforce, however, is yet to be confirmed. But we digress.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool's savvy negotiators put the clause into the deal, which will earn them a cool £3.6m. It doesn't sound like much in the world of Premier League football, but it will be enough to cover Joe Allen's wages (45,000-a-week) for the next 18 months – #Winning.
If you're wondering about that transfer fee, then you would not be alone. Indeed, it is a high price to pay for a man with just six international caps.
Of course, Newcastle must pay a the usual premium because Shelvey is a homegrown talent, but, to put it in context, Yohan Cabaye – an internationally recognised talent – cost Crystal Palace just £10m in the summer.
However, while it seems like Shelvey has been around for many, many years, he is still only 23-years-old and has time on his side to become even better. He's even younger than Jack Wilshere, 24, who many still expect to become a top midfielder eventually.
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