By Wayne Veysey
Fulham are confident Liverpool will be forced to pay a fee of over £10million by a tribunal for 16-year-old sensation Harvey Elliott, Football Insider understands.
The Londoners are assembling a dossier they hope will convince an independent tribunal that Elliott is a rare talent with the potential to be a full international and established Premier League star.
A Fulham source has told Football Insider that they have been further convinced of securing a record tribunal fee after the attacking midfielder’s impressive start to his Anfield career.
Elliott has been a regular starter for a strong Liverpool Under-23s side and, although he has yet to make his senior bow, he was on the bench for the Super Cup win over Chelsea last month.
The indications from Liverpool are that the versatile attacker could make his competitive debut in the League Cup clash at MK Dons next week, when senior stars are likely to be rested.
Elliott signed for Liverpool in July on youth terms – he cannot sign a professional contract until he turns 17 next April – and his transfer fee is set be decided by a tribunal after the two clubs failed to reach an agreement.
Fulham want a compensation package which includes an upfront payment of more than and a sell-on clause in which they would receive a percentage of any profit Liverpool make on his sale.
The record fee for a tribunal was set when adjudicating on striker Danny Ings’ transfer from Burnley to Liverpool in 2015.
In that case, Liverpool were ordered to pay £6.5m plus £1.5m in add-ons as well as 20 per cent of the profit they made on his £20m transfer to Southampton.
Elliott made his Fulham debut aged 15 in the League Cup last September and became the youngest-ever Premier League player in a 1-0 defeat against Wolves in May, when he was aged 16 years and 30 days.
The tribunal is unlikely to hear submissions from the clubs until next year.
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