Liverpool have to pay big for “free transfer”

Liverpool have been told they must pay Burnley up to £8m for striker Danny Ings, a record for a tribunal ruling, according to The Guardian.

The 23-year-old striker arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer. However, it turns out there was nothing free about the transfer at all.

Ings left the Championship club last season as his contract had expired, but because he was under 24 years of age, his former employers were entitled to compensation from the Reds.

However, a tribunal was needed as the two clubs could not agree a compensation figure for the striker and the fee is now made up of a £6.5 million guaranteed payment, with another £1.5 million through various add-ons.

Burnley will also receive 20 per cent of any profit on a future sale. Bournemouth, who sold Ings to Burnley for £1 million in August 2011, will receive a proportion of the fee, expected to be about £200,000.

The fee beats the £3.5 million plus £3 million in add-ons that Manchester City were awarded by a tribunal when Daniel Sturridge moved to Chelsea in 2009. City also received 15 per cnet of Sturridge’s £12 million transfer fee when he moved to Liverpool in January 2013.

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