Kieran Maguire: Liverpool are emulating Chelsea amid 'huge' £70m transfer report
Liverpool can emulate Chelsea in stockpiling talent and selling on at a profit when the opportunity presents itself.
So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Liverpool’s plans for a string of summer departures.
The Liverpool Echo reported on 21st July that the Reds are looking to raise £60-70million through the sale of as many as seven senior players.
This site broke news yesterday (24th July) that Liverpool had sanctioned the permanent exit of Harry Wilson to Bournemouth in a £10-12m deal.
Liverpool have already pocketed a reported £17m from the sales of Marko Grujic and Taiwo Awoniyi.
And Nat Phillips, Divock Origi, Neco Williams and Xherdan Shaqiri are also understood to be surplus to requirements.
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Maguire pointed to Chelsea’s financial success in selling off expendable assets for big prices and argued that Liverpool can do the same.
“I think we will see clubs utilise players as commodities to a greater extent,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“The classic example is Chelsea. If you take a look at their player sales over the past five years, they’ve sold players for £688m.
“We can name some of them, Costa, Hazard, Morara. But many are players who’ve barely played for them.
“What we are seeing now is that, if a player has a bit of experience at an elite club such as Liverpool, it has a huge impact in terms of his market value.
“You can start to make significant sales in that £8-15m bracket, and these actually fly under the radar as far as excitement goes.
“It’s the factory shop model. You just scoop up loads and loads of talent, process them and make money out of them.“
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