Liverpool rake in £7 million for confirmed sale of Rafa Camacho – with added clauses

27 June 2019

Portuguese winger Rafa Camacho has completed a permanent move from Liverpool to Sporting CP in a deal which nets the Reds up to £7 million.


Both clubs confirmed the switch late on Thursday night, with Sporting paying an initial £5 million with a further £2 million in add-ons.

Liverpool also negotiated a 20 percent sell-on clause and a buy-back option, while Camacho has signed a five-year deal with the Lisbon outfit.

The 19-year-old made his senior debut for the Reds last season, playing against Wolves in the FA Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

In both matches he featured at right-back, despite playing the majority of the time for the under-23s in attack.

Given his inexperience at the top level and the fact he had just a single year remaining on his contract, the Reds can consider it yet another job well done with regards to player sales that they managed to secure a seven-figure sum.

Camacho joined at the end of 2015/16 season, from Man City, but started his youth career at Sporting in Portugal—to whom he now returns, hoping to become a senior figure.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Monday, January 7, 2019: Liverpool's Rafael Camacho takes on Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rúben Vinagre during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There were calls at times last season for Camacho to be given further outings, particularly at right-back where the Reds were short of options, but he didn’t add to his two appearances.

This was quite possibly due to the fact he opted against renewing his contract at Anfield.

The teenager has talent, but consistency and end product are required perhaps more than he showcased for a player to break into Liverpool’s attack side of the team.

While not a direct replacement for Camacho, the recent signing of Sepp van den Berg offsets the loss of a young right-back cover option for Jurgen Klopp in the senior team.

The 17-year-old Dutchman—who cost only £1.3 million initially and has far more senior experience than Camacho already—can play both centre-back and right-back.

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