Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle for a reported £1.3million. The teen sensation has finalised terms on a long-term contract with the Reds after an agreement was struck with the Eredivisie club.
And it seems Michael Edwards has had another masterclass in the latest deal he’s negotiated. As reported by Melissa Reddy, Zwolle will only receive the extra £3.1million if/when van den Berg makes 350 appearances for Liverpool.
#LFC sign Sepp van den Berg, 17, from PEC Zwolle for an initial £1.3 million.
Add-ons of £3.1m would only be activated if the defender was to amass close to 350 appearances for the club in the Premier League and Europe.
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) June 27, 2019
To put that in context, here’s a list of players that never made it to 350 appearances for the Reds; Martin Skrtel, Lucas Leiva, Pepe Reina and John Arne Riise.
So van den Berg needs to go on to have a truly historic career at Liverpool if his former club is to receive that extra few million – a fee which the Reds would surely be happy to pay if he hits the targets in front of him.
The young centre-back has been speaking of his excitement to sign for Liverpool. “It’s just an amazing feeling,” the youngster told the club’s official website. “It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited.
“I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.
“Of course, [Jurgen Klopp] is a great guy and one of the reasons they are successful – and also one of the reasons I came here.
“I think this is the best place for me to grow and hopefully play a lot of games here.”