Liverpool finally settle £7.7m deal after 10 month dispute

Iago Aspas Celta Vigo

Liverpool have agreed on a settlement with Celta Vigo on a final payment regarding the transfer of Iago Aspas.

Spanish forward Iago Aspas has not exactly had the dream start to life in England. The former Celta Vigo attacker arrived on Anfield for a fee in the region of £7.7 million after an excellent season in La Liga.

But despite his excellent record in Spain the Premier League has not been kind to him. He has struggled to break into the Liverpool first-team for much of the campaign and in his 15 appearances has scored just once.

With that in mind it has been rumoured for some time that he could leave the club this summer - returning to Spain.

He dispelled that rumour today, stating:

I have not thought about my future yet. I still have three more years under contract at the club. I took a big jump when I decided to move from Celta to Liverpool and I'm not going to jump off a bridge wanting to leave the club just one year after.”

But the truth is Liverpool have actually only just sorted out the finer points of this deal - bringing to an end a lengthy dispute between the club and Celta Vigo.

Iago Aspas himself Tweeted a link to an article which explains the conflict between both clubs:

Essentially the issue has been over payments owed to the clubs which helped shape his talents before he even moved to Celta. Payment is due to any team who has helped in the development of a player between the age of twelve and 23 - at which point Aspas has played not just for Celta but hometown club Moana, Santa Marina and Rapido de Bouzas.

The three teams were owed €22.5k, €22.5k again and €45k respectively for their help developing the now 26-year-old player.

After months of quite bitter bickering between Liverpool and Celta a settlement has now been reached - leaving Liverpool an irritating but not costly €90k out of pocket - money they have previously argued Celta Vigo should be paying.

The case was on the brink of being reported to FIFA but Liverpool appear to have avoided a potentially damaging legal battle by giving in on the issue and paying up the cash.

For the three clubs involved it is massive money - so they will be very pleased to have received their payment.

For Aspas he is clearly happy to see the issue has been resolved, or else he would not have shared the information with his followers on Twitter.

So Liverpool have finally settled the deal that brought him to the club - what remains to be seen is just how long Aspas stays.

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