Sunday 25 February 2018

Liverpool are about to sell a top young asset - but they've put a few shrewd clauses in the deal

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe could be on his way to Bournemouth
Liverpool's Jordon Ibe could be on his way to Bournemouth
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Liverpool have been one of the busier clubs during the summer transfer window, with a host of players moving to the club and also departing Anfield.

Sadio Mane and Loris Karius are two new arrivals while veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger might also be signed shortly as a backup to the backup goalkeeper.

Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel have both left the club while winger Jordon Ibe, who has shown flashes of brilliance, looks set to join Bournemouth for £15m.

While Reds fans will no doubt be disappointed to lose a young talent, the offer from Bournemouth is very enticing for a player who isn't a first team regular.

However, although Liverpool are likely to part with the player over the coming days, they are covered in case Ibe blossoms further over the next few seasons.

The Liverpool Echo are reporting that the proposed transfer deal contains both a buyback clause and a sell-on clause. Such a condition proved useful for Real Madrid recently when they exercised the option to buy in form striker Alvaro Morata off Juventus after selling him to the Italy club in 2014.

This way, Liverpool can re-sign Ibe if they wish or simply collect a cut of a future transfer.

Seems like a win-win situation and a smart bit of business by the Anfield club.

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