Jordon Ibe has left Liverpool to join Eddie Howe’s ambitious Bournemouth side, in a deal worth £15 million.
The Cherries moved swiftly to replace Matt Ritchie, after the 26-year-old joined Newcastle United for £12 million, making Ibe their fifth signing of the summer.
Liverpool accepted Bournemouth‘s big-money offer on negotiating a buy-back option for the winger, as well as additional sell-on clauses.
Ibe has agreed a four-year deal, and is set to take up a key role in Howe’s squad for 2016/17 and beyond.
The 20-year-old joined Liverpool in 2012, after making his debut for Wycombe Wanderers at the age of 15, becoming the Football League’s youngest-ever player.
Making his first appearance in the Premier League at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, Ibe broke through as a first-team regular after Brendan Rodgers recalled him from loan spell with Derby County in 2015.
He made the 10th-most appearances of any Liverpool player last season, but fell out of favour under Jurgen Klopp in 2016.
Linking up immediately with the Cherries in Chicago, Ibe can expect a significantly increased role under Howe, alongside the likes of Max Gradel and Benik Afobe.
If Ibe does impress on the south coast, Liverpool’s buy-back option puts them in a strong position to seal his return.
However, while Bournemouth paid £15 million for his services, the Reds will only take £12.75 million.
We understand Wycombe negotiated a 15 percent sell-on clause in the deal to take him to Merseyside four years ago, meaning the League Two side will earn £2.25 million for Ibe’s sale.
This is Anfield wishes Jordon all the best at Bournemouth.