Fulham will receive a record fee for a 16-year-old after a tribunal ruled that Liverpool must pay up to £4.3million for Harvey Elliott.
It is understood the Professional Football Compensation Committee ruled that the Premier League champions must pay a basic fee of £1.2million for Elliott, who made the move north to Anfield in July 2019.
A further £300,000 is due as a result of the now 17-year-old signing his first professional contract. That is something he did with the Reds last July.
Another £200,000 will be owed when the England under-17 international pens a second. He is expected to do that when he turns 18 later this year.
The fee could rise by another £2.6m subject to a number of other clauses being met. That is based on cumulative first-team appearances and international recognition.
It’s understood for the full £4.3m to be due, Elliott would need to play more than 100 games for Liverpool. He would also need to earn a senior England call-up, while Fulham will have a 20 per cent sell-on clause.
The ruling is well short of the £10million plus add ons Fulham were understood to have wanted. But in a statement the Cottagers declared themselves happy with the outcome.
“After a full hearing, the PFCC has decided that Fulham should be entitled to substantial compensation,” the statement said.
“The award (undisclosed) is a record amount for a 16-year-old player. In the circumstances, Fulham is very pleased and thanks the PFCC for its careful consideration of the arguments we put forward.”
Liverpool told top target could ‘raise their level’
Udinese sporting director Pasquale Marino has said that midfielder Rodrigo de Paul has the “characteristics” to take his future club to the “next level”.
De Paul’s next destination became the subject of intense speculation during the January transfer window.
Indeed, Liverpool and Leeds both supposedly entertained an interest in the 26-year-old. But while no transfer materialised for the Argentina international, he could well be on the move in the summer.
The Reds could be looking to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, whose contract continues to run down. Leeds, meanwhile, did not bring in a recognised midfield signing upon their return to the Premier League.
Speaking to Radio 24 in Italy, Marino has said that De Paul would go a long way to improving both teams.
“He has characteristics that many top clubs in Europe are missing,” the sporting director said.
“I hope it doesn’t happen, but whoever signs him next summer will raise their team to a different level.” Read more…