Liverpool agree Gordon ‘Fee’ with Derby

Liverpool have agreed to pay Derby £500,000 to 'buy-out' a sell on clause inserted into the original transfer of Kaide Gordon to Liverpool.

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When Kaide Gordon signed for Liverpool in January 2021 it was hailed as a great transfer for the Reds.  At just 16 years of age Gordon was already a regular for Derby, and had represented England at various Youth levels.

Signed for an initial fee of just £3million, it was another example of Liverpool - and Michael Edwards - getting their transfer business done quietly and efficiently. To help sweeten the deal Liverpool included a sell-on clause alongside the £3m fee, meaning Derby would receive 20% of any future transfer fee if Gordon was sold by Liverpool.  Such sell-on clauses are common place now, with Liverpool themselves benefitting from several clauses recently.

It's unlikely that Gordon will be leaving Liverpool any time soon, having already made his first team debut and scored for the Reds, becoming our 2nd youngest goal scorer of all time in the process.

Despite this, Liverpool have reportedly decided that it would be best to buyout the sell-on clause, paying Derby an additional £500,000 to remove the clause.    In our opinion its a great bit of business for both sides.  Derby are in desperate financial trouble, with a reported take-over still not complete and relegation from the Championship already confirmed.  A one-off payment of £500,000 may not solve their financial crisis, but it will help administrators pay their bills for another few weeks.  From Liverpool's perspective, although it is hoped that Gordon will be a first team player for many years to come, if he were to leave at any point it would likely be for a large fee, in the tens of millions, therefore meaning the 20% sell-on clause would be worth much more than the £500,000 being paid now.


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Peter Farrell

Lifelong fan with a passion for all things Liverpool. First memory of football is watching John Barnes score a dramatic last minute equaliser in the FA Cup when he was 4. Feels lucky to be a part of the 'Klopp' era.

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