Transfer Deals Call For Bonus Payments
Liverpool may have to pay £10million to Southampton if they win the Champions League.
The Merseyside club reached the final of Europe’s top competition on Wednesday for the first time in 11 years with a 7-6 aggregate win over Roma. They face Real Madrid in the final in Kyiv on 26 May as they bid to win their sixth European Cup/Champions League title.
But Liverpool have signed five players from Southampton in recent years and all five transfers had bonus clauses in their transfer agreements with the Saints.
Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana all moved to Liverpool from the Saints and a Champions League triumph at the end of this month means the Reds face a payout in all five cases. The final bill could come to between £5million and £10million.
Liverpool’s accounts recently revealed total potential transfer liabilities of around £15million dependent on honours won. Premier League titles would have accounted for a chunk of that. But while a win over Madrid would see a chunk of the profits payable to the south-coast club – currently threatened with relegation.