Liverpool reportedly included a savvy stipulation in the fine print of Rafael Camacho’s contract.
Liverpool confirmed the departure of Rafael Camacho on Thursday night.
The 19-year-old winger has returned to his homeland of Portugal to re-sign for Sporting Lisbon on a permanent basis.
According to The Echo, Liverpool sold him for £5 million, but there’s another bit of information in the same report that suggests it was a brilliant deal for the Reds.
Not only could the fee rise to £7 million with various add-ons, but The Echo also claimed that the Champions League winners have a 20% sell-on clause – a masterstroke by the Premier League side’s Director of Football Michael Edwards.
Camacho, at 19, is a big talent and one who some fans were disappointed to see get sold, but the good news is that in the event that the Portuguese flyer is ever sold for, say, £50 million, the Merseysiders will get £10 million.
If – and admittedly it’s a big if – he’s ever sold for £100 million, Liverpool get £20 million, not including the £7 million transfer fee.
You could argue that if he was a huge talent then he wouldn’t have been sold in the first place.
But the truth is that Camacho – who was refusing to extend his contract beyond next summer – wanted to leave and who can blame him? There are world-class wingers who wouldn’t get a game under Jurgen Klopp right not, let alone teenagers with two senior appearances under their belt.
At least with Edwards’s sell-on clause, the club still profits if Camacho does the business in Portugal and secures a big move away at some point, which is very probable.