Eyebrows were certainly raised this week when Bournemouth decided to spend big to bring in Dominic Solanke. The Cherries spent a reported £19 million on the England under-21 star. The talented striker arrived at Liverpool from Chelsea at the end of his contract and the Reds have certainly made a good return on their investment.
In fact, Liverpool must really like Bournemouth.
Not only have they sold Solanke to Dean Court, but eyebrows were similarly raised when Jordon Ibe headed to the south coast.
As reported by the BBC, Ibe joined in a then club record £15 million deal for Bournemouth. He has struggled to live up to the expectations ever since his arrival.
If you include Brad Smith, the Australian left-back who has also flopped at Bournemouth, the combined fee grows even bigger. According to Sky Sports, he cost around £3 million in July 2016. Like Ibe, he has struggled at Bournemouth, recently spending time on loan at Seattle Sounders. That fee could have risen, but Smith is unlikely to have met any of the required stipulations
So Liverpool have received a grand total of £37 million in transfer fees for players who just did not make the grade at Anfield.
Just as much as Liverpool have loved buying from Southampton in recent years, selling to Bournemouth has become a good piece of business for them as well.