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Football's Biggest Transfer Fee Offered Liverpool May Pay £25,000 for Johnny Morris

Manchester United yesterday completed plans for the biggest transfer deal in the history of football. They agreed to transfer Johnny Morris to Liverpool for £25,000, and signed Johnny Downie from Bradford at the largest fee the club has ever received, believed to be £20,000. Talks concerning Morris went on at Old Trafford for most of the day, with up to twenty clubs interested in the future of United's star inside right. Eventually Liverpool topped all offers with a fee which smashed the existing single transfer record - the £20,050 paid by Sunderland to Newcastle for the signing of Len Shackleton. Morris will give a decision today, but it is confidently expected by Liverpool that he will be in their side against Chelsea on Saturday. United manager, Mr Matt Busby, who had delayed joining his players at Brighton in order to carry on the negotiations, then switched to the Bradford angle and persuaded the Park Avenue board to agree to the release of Downie, who several times has asked for a transfer. The Bradford board met specially to consider the offer.

Source: The Press and Journal Thursday April 3rd, 1949

AFCHT: Downie was transferred to Manchester United for £18,000 but Morris did not sign for Liverpool. A world record fee of £24,000 took him to Derby County, equivalent to just over £1m today.

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