Liverpool’s tactic when selling young players is changing, according to the Echo, and for us – the new system makes complete sense.
Instead of endlessly loaning players or letting them run their contracts at Anfield down, we’re going to sell them permanently – but instil a buy-back option in the deal – like Barcelona and Real Madrid do.
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The two Spanish giants are constantly in a position where they want to keep a young player, but understand their development will be aided if they get away and prove themselves. Over the past few years, Real Madrid have inserted and used a buy-back clause with Dani Carvajal, Casemiro and Alvaro Morata – with the first two now first-team regulars.
Similarly, Barcelona bought back Denis Suarez this summer, and have the option of signing Gerard Delofeu if he ever maximises his potential at Everton.
Liverpool are on the verge of selling Sergi Canos to Norwich for £2.5m, but have only agreed to do so with a buy-back clause inserted into the deal. The Spanish teenager shone at Brentford on loan last term, and we wanted to offer him a new contract, but Canos wanted much more money than we were ready to pay, and a switch to the Canaries now looks set for completion.
Now, we can watch Canos’s development from afar, aware that if he fulfils his potential, we can sign him for a pre-agreed, reasonable price.
It’s win, win for Liverpool and Canos. Hopefully, we’ll see more deals of a similar ilk, and probably should have done the same with Jerome Sinclair – who joined Watford this summer.