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Davies contract clause explains Preston snubbing more money to sell to Liverpool


Preston reportedly turned down more money from Bournemouth before agreeing a deal to sell Ben Davies to Liverpool.

On the face of it it seems like very bad business for the Championship club, but there are two reasons why Liverpool won the race to sign the centre-back.

The first, according to The Athletic, is that once Davies new the Premier League champions required his services he only had eyes for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Celtic were also said to have been interested in snapping up the centre-back, and are reportedly gutted at missing out on doing so.

The second reason is that a 20 per cent sell on clause will be included in the deal.

This means that whenever Liverpool part company with the defender in the future, Preston are entitled to 20 per cent of this transfer fee.



Preston reportedly turned down more money to sell Ben Davies
Preston reportedly turned down more money to sell Ben Davies

It’s a bit of a gamble, as Preston may not see any of this money for six, seven years.

They may not see any of it at all if the defender stays at Liverpool until retirement age and leaves the club when his contract eventually expires.

But if luck is on their side, they could see a great return for the centre-back – who’s value will no doubt sky rocket as soon as he pulls on the Liverpool shirt.



Jurgen Klopp appears to have won the race for Davies' signature
Jurgen Klopp appears to have won the race for Davies’ signature

The Athletic report that the transfer fee Liverpool and Preston have agreed on is around the £1.6million mark, with Sepp van den Berg moving in the opposition direction on loan.

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It’s unclear how much of a starring role Davies will have under Klopp at Liverpool, but he is being brought in amid an injury crisis at the club, so could be thrown in the deep end.

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