Fulham are understood to be chasing compensation from Liverpool for teenager Harvey Elliott, with an impasse between the clubs over his value set to be resolved by tribunal.
Elliott, 16, made his full debut for Liverpool on Wednesday night in their Carabao Cup triumph over MK Dons after completing his move to Anfield earlier this year.
No fee was agreed for the forward when he left Craven Cottage and no talks are taking place between the clubs to belatedly broker an agreement.
He rejected a Fulham scholarship in order to end his schoolboy association with the club in June which led to a battle for his signature.
European giants Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were thought to be interested in Elliott before he joined Liverpool.
The compensation process offers some protection to Fulham for an England youth international who cannot sign a professional contract until he turns 17 next April.
According to The Times, the west Londoners are hoping to receive around £7million in compensation for Elliott.
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Elliott made history after coming on as a substitute in a Carabao Cup victory over Millwall a year ago aged 15.
He also became the youngest player to ever play in the Premier League when featuring twice for the London club, who were relegated last season.
It is understood Fulham have also noted Liverpool’s sale of Ryan Kent to Rangers in the summer for an initial fee of £6.5million, plus £1m in add-ons.
Kent, 22, made more than 120 senior appearances in his career through a number of loan moves before permanently joining the Scottish club.
Liverpool have not commented on their valuation of Elliott, however, the situation raises the prospect of the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC) sitting and offering an independent ruling. Fulham must first ask for a hearing before a date is set.
Other costs that will be taken into account relate to the time Elliott spent at Fulham’s academy having moved there from QPR, including education and welfare requirements, can be included in calculating the amount of compensation.
Liverpool have been involved in similar cases like this. In April 2016, they were ordered to pay Burnley an initial £6.5million for Danny Ings by the PFCC.
The striker was 23 when he moved in the summer of 2015 and had made 35 Premier League appearances in the previous season, scoring eleven goals.
Elliott, who became the second youngest player to appear for Liverpool at 16 years and 174 days, played 90 minutes against MK Dons and two of his efforts hit the crossbar.
Jerome Sinclair holds the record of being the Reds’ youngest debutant at 16 years and six days in a League Cup tie against West Brom in 2012.