Liverpool have almost paid for Naby Keita with this season’s Champions League earnings to date, claims a report.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are in the quarter-finals of Europe’s top competition after battering Porto 5-0 on aggregate and with it they have generated around £50million.
That will essentially pay for RB Leipzig star Keita, who has cost the Reds £48million to activate his release clause, plus a reported £6million on top to secure the transfer for June.
Liverpool have generated £50million from their involvement in the UEFA Champions League to date, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Apparently £20million has been generated through TV revenue, with £18.5million from prize money and the rest – around £11.5million – was given to them when they reached the group stage.
Teams were guaranteed a payment of €12.7million each in the group stage, to be boosted by bonus payments of €1.5million per win and €500,000 per draw.
Teams competing in the round of 16, like Liverpool, received an additional €6million fee, with the quarter-finalists then picking up €6.5million each and the semi-finalists pocketing €7.5million each.
The UEFA Champions League winners themselves can expect to receive €15.5million and the runners-up €11million.
Liverpool, who recently announced revenues of £364million for the year up to the end of May 2017, with a profit of £39million, still have sone way to go to catch Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, who turned over £581million, £473million and £423million respectively last year.
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