Rafa Camacho has completed a transfer to Sporting CP in a deal which could net the Reds £7 million.
Sporting will pay an initial £5 million with a further £2 million in add-ons, in what has to be considered yet another good piece of business by the Liverpool transfer committee.
Michael Edwards and his team have also secured a 20 percent sell-on clause and a buy-back option, a sensible move with the player potentially facing a bright future.
Camacho joined from Man City at the end of the 2015/16 season, and made his Liverpool debut at the start of this year. The player was very much on the periphery of the squad though, and his desire for first-team football is believed to be the main reason behind his departure.
The 19-year-old refused to sign a new contract this season, and a move has been on the cards for some time. USA online casinos at one point stopped taking bets on the player’s departure, and a transfer to Wolves was widely touted until recently.
Ultimately it was the Lisbon club that made a move for Camacho though, and both clubs confirmed his departure for Portugal on a five-year deal.
Given the youngster’s lack of experience at the highest level – combined with the fact he was in the last year of his contract – you have to say that the Reds’ transfer team have pulled a blinder once again. Pokies Online were predicting a move in the region of £3 million for the player, so to potentially receive more than double that figure is a great result.
Whilst Liverpool may have wanted to hang on to Camacho, not only have they ensured they will benefit financially should the player make the grade but also that they have a replacement in the squad – recent signing Sepp van den Berg can play at right back, where Camacho played in his two senior appearances.