There’s news in Portugal media outlet A Bola today that Sporting Lisbon want a huge 50% of the sell-on fee for their young 23 year-old star Ruben Semedo and this could even end the deal that was verbally agreed by Newcastle with the Portuguese club.
There was news yesterday that one or two loose ends had still to be agreed on and one of them was the percentage of the sell-on fee – thought to be about 20%.
The fee of around £15M (this varies in reports) has been agreed so for example if Newcastle sell this player in the future for say £35M then Sporting would get half of the £20M profit – £10M.
23 year-old star Ruben Semedo – 50% sell-on fee demanded
That fee of 50% is a huge percentage for a sell-on fee.
The news in A Bola is that Newcastle have been stunned by Sporting’s demands and have literally been stopped in their tracks as they now have decide what action to take.
Whoever said signing players was easy these days?
Sporting are also requesting a £30M compensation fee if the center-back returns to a Portuguese club directly from Newcastle.
That seems much less of a problem for Newcastle – if the club sell the lad in the future they presumably just ensure he doesn’t return to Portugal.
It’s now possible that Newcastle could walk away from the deal unless Sporting come to their senses and reduce their stiff demands.
It will be interesting to see what the outcome of this is, always assuming this news is accurate.
What do you think?