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Transfer Requests: Football's Last Decency

Virgil van Dijk and Phillipe Coutinho are both excellent footballers, not at the very top level, but not far off.

Both have had their heads turned by more attractive Clubs, both denied a move, even for monster fees, now they've both signed long term deals, and are handsomely paid to play in the world's biggest league. So when those Clubs
say "No, we won't sell you to them" then you have to say fair enough.i

But...

When a Player formally hands in a Transfer Request, they turn their backs on countless financial incentives, and effectively save their current Clubs Millions.

So if a Player asks for a move, IMO he should get one.

Set a fee, list any Club you are unwilling to sell to for that fee, a non-compete pause if you like and add 25%, then let him go.

It's only the decent thing to do, in a game that decency forgot.

Alexis Sanchez could learn a thing or two from Virgil and Phillipe

posted on 19/8/17

They shouldn't have signed such long term contracts

posted on 19/8/17

Coutinho was forced to sign a 5 year deal only 7 months ago was he?

comment by Scarf (U21116)

posted on 19/8/17

comment by selbstgerechtein (U7048)
posted 17 minutes ago
Coutinho was forced to sign a 5 year deal only 7 months ago was he?
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Have you never changed your mind? Never settled for less then regretted it? Never come across an opportunity that in your wildest dreams did you ever think would present itself?

If it's £750m no problem, but pay him the £4m a week that would befit such a value you've placed on that player to your Club, when there's not a single other Club on the planet that agrees with it.

posted on 19/8/17

All this righteousness from other fans is getting rather tedious now.....

posted on 19/8/17

Don't even know why you'd want to keep a player that doesn't want to be there. Get rid and bring in someone that wants to play for the club

posted on 19/8/17

Excellent article. Totally agree footballers hardly ever give up their right to loyalty payments and Virgil for example has gone out on a limb to get his move here. Unfortunately we have royally facked up and can only look on hoping Southampton encourage a bid.

Coutinho has never put a foot wrong at this club but the worm has turned for him and he clearly doesn't want to carry on playing for us. The word is Klopp wants rid but the owners won't sell having painted themselves into a corner by refusing to sell initially.

Egos are making the decisions here not business heads or someone with a clue about how football works.

comment by Ron (U1646)

posted on 19/8/17

comment by Loco Liverpool (U18018)
posted 2 hours, 14 minutes ago
They shouldn't have signed such long term contracts
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Maybe quality foreign players will bear that in my mind at Liverpool in the future. Who wants to play for a club who refuse to sell you at a good price to a much bigger clubs.

posted on 19/8/17

A player doesn't have to put in a transfer request in order to let the club know he wants to leave. Take De Gea for instance. The whole world knows he wanted to join Madrid but United duped him like they were going to let him go and then facked him with a fax machine at the last minute.

posted on 19/8/17

If this was early July I would agree but this has all come 50 days too late. Play well this year and he will get his move with us having time to find a suitable replacement. The end.

posted on 19/8/17

comment by Manfrombelmonty (U1705)
posted 4 hours, 19 minutes ago
Ok, Liverpool set the coutinho fee at 750million.
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Don't forget the penny!

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