Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing former Liverpool forward Danny Ings, which could bring a financial benefit to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The report claims that Southampton are confident that they can convince Ings to sign a new deal and reject interest from elsewhere. However, Wilson also states that there is a feeling Ings is as valuable as Van Dijk was to them, who left for £75m.
Ryan Taylor, of the Daily Express, has reported that Liverpool hold a 20% sell-on clause for Ings. This means that Liverpool would receive a chunk of money if Southampton sold Ings for a profit on the fee they paid Liverpool for him – reported to be £20m.
No chance Southampton will sell Danny Ings. Talks ongoing over new contract. He’s sat on the bench before & loves his football there. Liverpool also have 20% sell-on clause. #SaintsFC
— Ryan Taylor (@RyanTaylorSport) September 17, 2020
For example, if Tottenham did sign Ings for £75m this summer – or in a future window – Liverpool would pocket a cool £11m with Southampton making a £55m profit on the £20m they paid for Ings.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Ings was in sensational form for Southampton last season in the Premier League as he bagged 22 goals in 32 starts for the South Coast outfit. Roberto Firmino, on the other hand, was only able to score eight goals in 34 starts for the Reds on their way to the title.
Does this mean Liverpool were wrong to let go of Ings? It is a hard one to call, given he only scored seven goals in 23 starts in his first season for Southampton. If he was not given that time to develop and make mistakes, as he was at Southampton, then he may not have become the excellent goalscorer we saw last season.
Liverpool earned £20m from the sale and that figure could increase if he completes a move away from the Saints, meaning that they have been fairly compensated for his sale. If he is able to continue his sublime form in the coming seasons and consistently score 20 goals a season, however, he could be looked back on as one of those who got away from the Reds.