When buy back clauses work

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Sky Sports has reported that Liverpool are considering selling Rhian Brewster this summer as long as they can insert a buyback clause into his contract, buyback clauses are not common place in England but they have been used affectively in Europe.

If you want to see where a buyback clause can be used to great affect than take a look at Liverpool’s title rivals Manchester City who sold Angelino to PSV Eindeovan in 2018 for £5m only to buy him back a season later for £10m.

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Angelino would spend 6 months at City before being loaned out to RB Leipzig where he helped them to a Champions league semi final place and is now worth £25m on the open market.

Spanish giants Barcelona & Real Madrid are well known for inserting buyback clauses, when Gerard Deulofeu was sold to Everton in 2015 for £4m he lasted 2 seasons before Barcelona would sign him back for £10m only to loan him out to Watford 6 months later before the move was made permanent for £13m.

Buyback clauses have not only been used to buy a player back and sell on for a profit they have also been used to bring a player back to play an important role in the team, Real Madrid have used this to their advantage after selling Dani Carvajal to Bayer Leverkusen for £5m and signing him back just a season later for £6.5m, he would go on to win 4 Champions Leagues with Real and is viewed as one of the best right backs in the world right now.

Liverpools’ sporting director Michael Edwards has himself inserted buyback clauses before, when the Reds sold Jordan Ibe to Bournemouth he had a buyback clause inserted in his contract, which shows how highly rated he was by Liverpool but unfortunately for the player it never worked out for him but it did provide a safety net for Liverpool.