Finance Guru: This is how Liverpool blew Celtic away to land Ben Davies
Ben Davies chose to join Liverpool over Celtic due to the Scottish giants’ poor planning and lack of financial firepower.
That is according to finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the 25-year-old finalised a £2million move to Anfield on deadline day.
Celtic held talks over signing Davies — who was out of contract with Preston North End at the end of the season — after trailing him closely since last summer.
✍️ Welcome to the Reds, Ben Davies.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 1, 2021
But Liverpool swooped in at the 11th hour, as first reported by this site at 4pm last Sunday, and got their man.
Maguire claims Celtic had no chance of competing with Liverpool due to the Premier League champions’ £300million wage bill and enormous resources.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “They can’t outbid Liverpool or pay better wages. The financial disparity between the two clubs is just huge, we’re talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world here.
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“Celtic’s wage bill is about £50m but Liverpool’s is around £300m. So they couldn’t have gazumped them.
“But if they wanted Davies, why couldn’t they have got the deal over the line earlier, before Matip’s injury?
“If they’d signed him early January there wouldn’t have been a problem.”
Liverpool also signed Schalke defender Ozan Kabak on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.
Celtic meanwhile recruited Jonjoe Kenny from Everton as a replacement for the Leverkusen-bound Jeremie Frimpong, while Olivier Ntcham also left the club in a now-controversial move to Marseille.