Fulham’s Ross McCormack comments on Mario Balotelli price comparisons

Ross McCormack, who left Fulham for Leeds United for £11 million in the summer, has his say on comparisons between his transfer fee and that of Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

Ross McCormack became the most expensive player in the Championship when Fulham paid Leeds United £11 million for his services.

It came as a huge surprise that the Cottagers were willing to pay that much money when they had just suffered relegation from the Premier League.

Moreover, the 28-year-old Scotland international attacker has no Premier League experience and has been playing in the second tier of English football for years.

That transfer was completed in early July, and just last month Liverpool signed Italy international striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for £16m.

That’s just a £5m difference in transfer fees for McCormack and a player who has won Serie A, the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League, and has also played in the final of Euro 2012.

McCormack has made a rather underwhelming start to his Fulham career and has not scored a single goal in five league appearances.

All signs point to the fact that Fulham overpaid for the versatile attacker who can play as a striker and a winger, but McCormack sees the matter from a different perspective.

‘What you’ve got to remember is I had four years left on my contract at Leeds’, the Daily Mail quotes him as saying. ‘Fulham had to pay a premium to get me out of that contract.

‘It’s hard to sit here and say I could’ve gone to other clubs but I probably could have. But Fulham were willing to give Leeds the most money...

‘If you’re talking Balotelli, if AC Milan didn’t want to sell him then he wouldn’t be sold for £16m. I’d say there’d be an extra £10m on top of that because he’s worth it. ‘You’re worth what someone is willing to pay for you’.

McCormack does indeed have a point. If Fulham were willing to pay £11m for him and Leeds were happy with that offer, then so be it.

AC Milan had put up Balotelli for sale at the end of last season, and when Liverpool made the offer that apparently no other club was willing to outbid, the Italian club accepted it.

After all, when a club makes it clear that it wants to sell a player, his market value goes down - just as it happened with Balotelli.

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