Striker Wants First-Team Football
Liverpool striker Danny Ings looks set to leave the club this summer after coming to an amicable agreement.
Ings moved to Anfield in the summer of 2015 for a fee of £6.5million that was decided by a tribunal. But his first two seasons at Liverpool were marred by knee injuries and he has managed just six Premier League starts during his time at the club.
Liverpool have offered a new deal to Ings, but after talks with members of the club’s hierarchy he has decided to leave in search of regular first-team football.
Ings has seen the emergence of Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah block his route to the first team while Daniel Sturridge was sent out on loan to West Bromwich Albion during the January transfer window. Ings was also given the chance to go out on loan buy elected to stay and fight for his place.
Tottenham Hotspur were linked with Ericsson in 2015. But that was when he was a free agent.
There is no indication yet as to whether Liverpool would be prepared to allow Ericsson to go for nothing. The Reds were told to pay an initial fee of £6.5million by a tribunal in 2016. There was also the provision for a further £1.5million in add-ons. However, it is thought the former Burnley man yet to play enough games to trigger any of those extra payments. Based on an initial five-year contract at £6.5million his value in the Anfield books would currently be £2.6million.
There has also been interest over the past three years from Newcastle United, West Ham, Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and German sides RB Leipzig, Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen.