Alvaro Negredo may have never stepped out to play for Real Madrid ... but he is still an asset of theirs.
Manchester City have made two big signings this week with the arrival of forwards Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.
Negredo was the first to arrive and the 27-year-old was, as we have come to expect with Manchester City, an expensive addition to the side.
City have reportedly paid Sevilla a whopping sum of €25 million for the Spanish international for the privilege of him wearing the number ‘9’ shirt at The Etihad Stadium next season; and hopefully for many years beyond that.
Sevilla were in the end happy to sell the player. The club has struggled with finances in recent months; with the tax-man on their back amidst the crippling financial crisis in Spain.
But with the sale of Negredo and Jesus Navas, also to City, the club should now have enough funds to see them through the foreseeable future.
Although Manchester City are not just paying Sevilla for the player…
Football Espana has pointed out two separate reports that suggest the City cash will not be going solely to Sevilla; with two other clubs set to receive a portion of the cash involved in the transfer.
Negredo had an interesting early career. A Madridista; he started his career with hometown club Rayo Vallecano before being picked up by Real Madrid to play in the clubs ‘B’ team.
That was in 2007 and after impressing in the reserves he was snapped up by UD Almeria; although as Real often do when letting young players go they included a buy-back clause in the transfer.
Then Real did some of the best transfer business I can recall.
After two excellent seasons at Almeria Real Madrid exercised the buy-back clause of €5 million; with the sole purpose of selling the player for a profit; and what a profit it was.
They found plenty of buyers but in the end it was Sevilla who won the race for the player; paying €14 million for the striker. That meant Real Madrid had managed to make €9million on a player who had never featured in a first-team game for the club.
But when they sold him to Sevilla it is reported the clever dealing did not stop there. They included a clause which stated that Real Madrid would be owed 40% of the windfall on any profit Sevilla made on the deal.
That fee is believed to be €4.4 million; meaning that Real Madrid have now cashed in €13.4 million on a player who never stepped out as a first-teamer for the club.
Rayo Vallecano will also receive some money from the deal but it will be small change compared to what Lose Merengues have managed to bleed from the Negredo stone.
And that is how you do transfer business.
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