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Liverpool 'could still make millions' from savvy Michael Edwards transfer move

Dominic Solanke takes a shot for Bournemouth against Chelsea in the Premier League.
-Credit: (Image: Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)


Michael Edwards, who has now returned to work with Liverpool in a new FSG structure, was renowned for signing the right players at Anfield during his time as sporting director. But he should be equally as known for his ability to get good fees when selling.

Liverpool sanctioned Dominik Solanke's move to Bournemouth for a fee of up to $31m (£24m/€28m) back in 2019. While he struggled to begin with and that sum looked steep, the ex-Chelsea youth product netted 19 times in the Premier League this season and became one of the country's leading marksmen.

The Reds were right to cash in Solanke needed regular minutes to fulfill his potential and they were not going to come under Jurgen Klopp because of the other options available to him — but Liverpool was equally correct to demand a significant price. His goal record since has proven that.

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As well as the initial sum of money that Liverpool brought in for Solanke, the Reds also inserted a sell-on clause into the deal that saw him move to the south coast. The ECHO has previously reported that this still stands despite Solanke having since signed a new contract at the Vitality Stadium.

"A sell-on clause exists between the selling club and the buying club," football finance expert Daniel Geey said. "Usually regardless of a playing contract that may have been renewed, the sell-on clause will activate at any time the buying club decides to sell that player on again."

But the sell-on clause, while being worth 20 per cent, would be 20 per cent of the money received for the striker above what was originally paid for him. That is opposed to the total amount, as is often assumed.

Solanke has a $83m (£65m/€76m) release clause, The Athletic has claimed this week. And that means that Liverpool would earn 20 per cent of $52m (£41m/€48m), which is around $10.4m (£8.2m/€9.6m), should that be activated.

Liverpool.com says: Solanke can count himself unlucky that he hasn't played himself into England contention ahead of the summer but he might be best served staying at Bournemouth, where the team is built around him, rather than trying to move elsewhere. That would mean Liverpool missing out on a small-ish sum in the grand scheme of things but it might be best for his career.

Solanke was always talented but never got the consistent run of matches that he needed at Anfield. It is not clear which clubs the release clause applies to (it is only a select group, perhaps those in a European competition) but he would need to ensure it was the right move — and clearly Bournemouth would demand a substantial fee which could put plenty of suitors off.