It’s a deal which didn’t happen and a report in the Daily Mail has suggested a possible reason why.
Neilton’s current club Santos are thought to want a sell-on clause inserted into any contract the teenager signs with a new club.
The Brazilian outfit clearly believe in his potential and rightly so and the clause could be a reason Spurs didn’t do a deal for the player last summer and the reason a £600,000 offer from Sevilla hasn’t been accepted.
The player himself has hinted that negotiations are under way between his representatives and Santos officials over a longer deal, which could take him into his 20s so Spurs have no room to manoeuvre.
The problem for the buying club with a sell-on clause is that it potentially prevents them from receiving full value in an expensive deal in the future.
However, Santos are well within their rights to make such a stipulation because they hold all the power.
There have been several big transfers in the history of football where sell-on clauses have subsequently resulted in certain clubs cashing in when that player has moved on again from another club.
Good examples are the two superstars at Real Madrid; Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale with Sporting Lisbon cashing in and Southampton would have received some of the £85 million for Bale had they not scrapped their sell-on fee for the Welshman.
Neilton has had a very decent start to the season with Santos, with four goals and an assist from 13 matches so far. If a sell-on clause is the way for Tottenham to get him then it surely has to be worth a gamble.
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