The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Albert Luque, a player we paid almost Â£10M for, and then sold for less than Â£2M 2 years later, has been awarded a Â£1.6M settlement, after a Spanish judge ordered Deportivo La Coruna to pay up on his contract.
Albert Luque – will be 1.6M richer from Newcastle transfer
Albert never really made it on Tyne-side and is now playing well at Ajax. He always maintained he was owed the money according to the terms of his agreement and contract at Deportivo, when he moved to Newcastle United in August 2005, on the same day we signed Michael Owen.
He finally took Deportivo to court saying they owed him 15% of the Â£10M fee that took him to Newcastle United in 2005. Deportivoâ€™s lawyers, on the other hand, claimed the money was contractually due to be paid by Newcastle United.
Well it’ was worth a shot.
Judge Manuel Carballo Garcia, who presided over La Coruna Deportivoâ€™s social case, came out with a judgement in Luqueâ€™s favor, and said that that indeed Deportivo were the club who contractually obliged to pay the 15%.
Indeed, that type of item is in a lot of players’ agreements – a certain percentage of the transfer fee – if they don’t ask for the transfer – and it should hardly be paid by the club he moves to. That’s also why many players are loathe to request transfers.
Judge Garcia said after the trial:
â€œIt is not possible to extend obligations to those whom Spanish law cannot affect,â€
To be fair to Luque, it looks to us that he was legally due the 15% – because he never asked for the transfer. Newcastle came in with a ridiculously high fee, and Luque has since said, a ridiculously high wage offer , so it was hard for him to turn it down.
Typical Newcastle type of deal under Freddy Shepherd – just terrible for the club.
So Luque went after the money – and got it.