Some Bristol City supporters have taken to Twitter to poke fun at both Cardiff City and Middlesbrough after it was confirmed that defender Aden Flint has joined the Bluebirds after just one year on Teesside.
The Sun report the package deal to sign Flint will cost Cardiff around £6 million, £1 million less than the fee Middlesbrough paid Bristol City to take him to the Riverside Stadium 12 months ago.
Flint had a terrible time at Boro. Despite making 39 Championship appearances, he struggled for form under manager Tony Pulis and the Teesside club disappointingly missed out on a top six spot.
Bristol City, meanwhile, replaced Flint with Adam Webster who arrived from Ipswich Town in a reported £5 million deal. Out of the two, the Robins evidently got the much better deal.
It has been reported by the Bristol Post how Bristol City don’t stand to gain anything from Flint’s move to Cardiff as Boro are posting a loss, but some City supporters feel that isn’t the case as they mock their rivals.
When the Aden Flint deal goes through (and it will), unfortunately #BristolCity won't stand to gain anything from the deal financially. Cardiff City are paying less than Boro did a year ago. The sell-on clause would relate to the profit on the deal only. https://t.co/urA8CIKgEZ— Gregor MacGregor (@GeeMacGee) July 18, 2019
Struggling to see how this “adds insult to injury” as the headline says, we sold Flint at peak value (as is shown by his diminishing price) then replaced him with a far better player at lower cost. As I see it we have won every way here & couldn’t care less he is now at Cardiff.— Graham Clapp (@gmc_63) July 18, 2019
Another well done Mark Ashton then - Getting a great price for an average player at the time of sale irrespective of what happens in the future- Also adding the clause that if he goes on to better things like Luke Freeman #BristolCity benefit again - smart work guys ⚪️— BCFC Oliver the Dog ⚪️ (@BCFC_OLIVERDOG) July 18, 2019
We benefited from the deal because when Flint walked out the door he held it open for Webster.— Rob Parsons (@snosraPtreboR) July 18, 2019
Let’s not lose any sleep over it. Loved Flinty but Adam Webster is a league above— Arn Davidson (@ArniedBS3) July 18, 2019
Day gets even better.— - (@NNorms76) July 18, 2019
Not often critical of City’s dealings, but a clause on profit for a 29 year old when we fleeced Boro with the fee in the first place? Poor decision— ️ (@lxuisbcfc) July 18, 2019
we gained £7m last summer and upgraded him for half of it. I think we're the ones drinking the champagne out of this deal.— Kevin Taylor (@ohdontcry) July 18, 2019
I would imagine boro are pleased their getting some good money for him also I expect there will be a few who would be happy to drive him to Cardiff themselves ... good league one player though— kevan (@KevinHa121132) July 18, 2019
Flint, 30, was a fan favourite at Ashton Gate but he was arguably sold at peak value. Selling him and re-investing in Adam Webster now appears to be a fantastic decision from Lee Johnson’s side.
According to Sky Sports, Aston Villa failed with a £12 million bid for Webster. At 24, he has his best years ahead of him and his price is only likely to increase in the coming seasons with more experience.
Bristol City have been one the Championship’s leading clubs for player sales over the past 12 months. They have cashed in on Flint, Joe Bryan, Lloyd Kelly and Bobby Reid for over £30 million combined.
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