Burnley hope Ings fee will set record
Liverpool will finally discover this week how much they must pay Burnley for last summer’s signing of Danny Ings.
The tribunal to determine the fee for the striker will be held by the Premier League and Professional Football Compensation Committee tomorrow at a venue in Manchester. Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre will represent the Merseyside club.
The Premier League had hoped Liverpool and Burnley would reach agreement to avoid adjudication but, such are the differences in their respective valuation of the 23-yearold, a hearing became inevitable.
Ings moved to Liverpool under the terms of the Bosman ruling last summer, his contract having expired at Turf Moor. However, as he was then aged under 23, Burnley are entitled to compensation given their development of the player since his £1 million move from Bournemouth in 2011.
Liverpool offered around £4 million for Ings upon completing the deal. But in the weeks prior to Ings’s contract expiring, the Lancashire club indicated that they rejected a £12 million offer from Tottenham.
Burnley’s chief executive, Dave Baldwin, has suggested he expects the fee to break records for such an adjudication. “This tribunal claim will be the biggest in history,” Baldwin said, adding that the club have “an extremely robust case”.
Ings won his first England cap on moving to Liverpool but suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury which has prevented him showing his potential. However, neither of these factors should influence the five-man panel who will set a fee based on Ings’s value last summer.
The record award by such a tribunal was over the 2009 transfer of Daniel Sturridge from Manchester City to Chelsea. In his case, Chelsea were ordered to pay an initial £3.5 million, with further £500,000 instalments linked to future firstteam appearances. Chelsea were also liable for another £1 million when Sturridge made his England debut and City received 15 per cent of the £12 million transfer when Sturridge moved to Liverpool in January 2013, which amounted to £1.8 million.
The total value of the deal to City, as set by tribunal, ended up at £8.3 million. Burnley clearly hope to exceed this award in the case of Ings.
Tribunal decision: Since his arrival at Liverpool, Danny Ings has made his England debut but a cruciate ligament has limited his progress