Burnley chief executive Dave Baldwin has explained why Danny Ings‘ tribunal is yet to be resolved, with the club expecting a record fee for the striker.
Ings joined Liverpool on a free transfer last summer, but as he is under the age of 24, Burnley are entitled to a compensation fee for their role in his development.
But close to a year since his move, a fee is yet to be set for Ings, despite several opportunities to conclude a tribunal.
Speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire, Baldwin said this is because Burnley are looking for this valuation to be “the biggest in history.”
“The reason it is different to the ordinary is this tribunal claim will be the biggest in history,” he said.
“The key to this was that we bring the claim against Liverpool, therefore we had to prepare an extremely robust case.
“You’re talking a documentation bundle of probably in excess of 400 or 500 pages with witness statements, evidence, analytics about player performance, the statement as to why we make a judgement as to what we believe the player is worth, compared to what Liverpool want to offer.
“You get your ducks in a row and do the job right.”
Liverpool were believed to have valued Ings at £6 million, while Tottenham Hotspur’s £12 million bid last summer has seen Burnley’s valuation rise to around £10 million; the current record stands at £6.5 million, which Chelsea paid Manchester City to sign Daniel Sturridge in 2009.
The 23-year-old is currently sidelined with an ACL injury, and is likely to miss the rest of the season, despite recently returning to outdoor running.
But Baldwin has stressed that Ings’ injury should bear no factor on the tribunal—nor his form since leaving the club.
“The value is based on training compensation, not the market value of a player,” he continued.
“It’s how long you have that player at your club, what did you do to develop him, what were your investments in how you developed him and as a result of that what player did you produce at the point he departed your club.
“Thereafter, his injury should bear no relevance to the tribunal panel.
“We are dealing with five human beings here who have to make an opinion and no right to appeal.”
Ings is set to play an important role under Jurgen Klopp on his return, with his infectious, hardworking attacking style well suited to the German’s brand of football.
But for both clubs, the frustration continues, as this is a matter that should have been resolved months ago.
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