The “free transfer” of Danny Ings to Liverpool from Burnley last summer proved to be more problematic than the club would have liked.
While Ings was free to move once his Burnley contract expired last summer, the fact that he was under the age of 24 meant that the Lancashire club were due a compensation fee for the player.
While this is commonly sorted between the two clubs, Burnley’s demand for £12million for the 23 year old meant that Liverpool were forced to take the case to a tribunal – where it has been decided that his new club are to pay £6.5m – plus £1.5m in add-ons – for the England international.
The fee is still a record for a tribunal of this kind – eclipsing the £3.5million (with £3m in add-ons) paid by Chelsea to Manchester City for Daniel Sturridge in 2009 – but Liverpool will still undoubtedly be the happier of the two sides.
In a statement on the club’s website, Liverpool said:
“Liverpool Football Club would like to thank the PFCC panel for their time and diligence in deciding this matter.
“We believe the process was conducted fairly and we respect the outcome.
“We are pleased for Danny Ings, in particular, that this chapter is now complete and he can look forward to a long and successful career at Liverpool.”
Burnley, meanwhile, released a statement of their own in which they feel they were justified in pushing for the tribunal to determine the fee:
“As the initial fee decided by the committee represents almost double the previous record for a tribunal, this fully justifies our decision to press ahead with what we felt was a fair reflection of the part Burnley Football Club played in Danny’s development.”
Ings had looked sharp for the Reds – scoring three goals in his first five starts – before breaking down with a cruciate ligament injury in Jürgen Klopp’s first training session last October. Ings has not played since, but is expected to return to training before the end of the season.