Given the business of soccer, this one almost makes too much sense, as Liverpool will reportedly try to buy Danny Ings from Burnley before the closing of the January transfer window.
UPDATE: When things make too much sense, look out. Burnley denies the move, saying it would violate Premier League rules
Twenty-two year-old English hotshot Ings is having himself a season for “little” Burnley, and has not signed a contract extension to keep him with the first-year Premier League club past this summer.
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Keeping Ings around despite his contract status could be a worthwhile risk for the Clarets, in a brutal fight to remain in the Premier League for another season.
But with interest from around Europe in the young striker, Burnley has the opportunity to cash in big time on the man they bought from Bournemouth for about $1.5 million, so to put that check in the bank and use the star to try and save their top-flight status?
It’s almost a no-brainer for Sean Dyche (who can then go buy five prospective Ings in the summer if he’d like, as it’s expected that Ings would fetch around $7.5 million on the market).
Interested clubs would still need to pay a fee if they signed him in the summer due to his young age, so this makes a lot of sense for the Reds as well.
Much like their signing and loaning back of Divock Origi at Lille this summer, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers makes an investment in the future (and gets a young English potential star for well under market value due to contract issues). Yes, there’s the risk of his assets being injured “back” at their original clubs, but that’s soccer.