Diogo Jota is already proving to be an astute signing for Liverpool just 12 matches into his Reds career, but he could also have an impact on future transfers too.

Liverpool opted against a move for Timo Werner, the Germany forward who moved to Chelsea instead, because he was priced too high and the structure of the deal was not favourable in the difficult economic climate caused by the coronavirus.

But with Jota, while the headline fee was not dissimilar to what Chelsea paid RB Leipzig for Werner, the way that the deal was packaged was considerably different - something that clubs could seek to replicate in future.

The ECHO’s business of football writer Dave Powell explained to Blood Red on a special Jota podcast: "The reality is that the outlay is a little different [between Werner and Jota]. The Jota one is £41 million but is structured in a way where it not £41 million this year.

"It is about making sure the balance sheet works. Wolves decided to sell him because Liverpool paid around 10 per cent upon completion of the deal. They will pay another £1 million in December and then the rest is paid over time.

"It’s about spreading that cost over a period of time and to the selling clubs, it’s about the security of having a continual stream of money each financial year.

"This might change the way that clubs operate even post-pandemic in the transfer market. For Wolves, they are among the clubs in the middle of the Premier League, and there is a limit on the value of players outside of the top six.

"If you are buying Jota from Chelsea, the value is increased closer to the £90 million mark. Wolves reached the high watermark of what they could sell him for and they realised that the way Nuno was operating, he wasn’t starting every week.

"Already Jota’s value is £20 million increased so it makes great financial sense from Liverpool. It looks like a masterstroke and Jota smacks of being a real success."

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Amidst the backdrop of Financial Fair Play regulations and the turmoil caused by the lack of fans inside stadia and television rebates, Liverpool's Jota deal could in some ways be pioneering.

Financing a deal for Jota not only made sense for Liverpool, who on the early evidence have found themselves a bargain that they have paid just £4.1 million to date, but also for Wolves too.

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Wolves got the optimal price for their player, spread over a number of seasons to make sure they have guaranteed money coming in over a few years, while Liverpool paid what they believed to be a fair price for Jota, who could yet kick on even further and make it look even cheaper.

Are the days of mega-money transfers where significant chunks of the fee are paid up front gone? That is highly unlikely. But there is another way that deals can be done, and Liverpool and Wolves have shown others the way.