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REPORT: Liverpool could afford Kylian Mbappe with fringe player profits as Neco Williams departs

Liverpool’s savvy transfer business during Jurgen Klopp’s tenure has continued with the upcoming departure of Neco Williams – and the total exceeds Kylian Mbappe’s market value

 

Liverpool would have enough cash to wave at Kylian Mbappe and then some had they kept the transfer fees they have claimed on fringe players over the past six seasons.

 

 

The three stars to leave for more than £20m are Christian Benteke at £28m, Mamadou Sakho at £25m and Danny Ings £23m. With Benteke and Sakho both joining Crystal Palace and Danny Ings joining Southampton.

Dominic Solanke joined Bournemouth for £19m, with Williams next at £17m and Jordon Ibe also joining the Cherries for £16m.

 

Takumi Minamino left for £13m to join Monaco this summer, with Harry Wilson’s permanent move to Fulham coming in at £12m. Another £8m came in through Marko Grujic with Taiwo Awoniyi going for £7m.

 

The last three stars on our list are Ryan Kent and Simon Mignolet for £6m and Xherdan Shaqiri for £5m. Those 13 stars come to a total of £185m.

 

One worry for Liverpool supporters might just be the departure of former transfer guru Michael Edwards, who has since been linked to both Manchester United and Chelsea.

Edwards said regarding his decision to leave: “Ten years – that’s a pretty long time in anyone’s working life. In football terms it is an era in itself, particularly at a club like Liverpool where the expectations and standards are never anything other than as high as the supporters deserve.

 

“To be part of this club during this period has been a privilege due to the people I have been fortunate enough to work with and the success we have enjoyed.

 

“But all good things must come to an end and, in my case, I recently completed my final summer window as Liverpool sporting director.”

However, it already looks like Edwards’ second-in-command and the man stepping into his shoes – Julian Ward – is a more than capable replacement, after he was said to be pivotal in acquiring the services of Colombian hotshot Luis Diaz from Porto in a £50m deal in January.

 

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