Huddersfield chairman Phil Hodgkinson has explained how Rangers have landed Juninho Bacuna without paying a single penny for the Dutch-born midfielder – but insists his side will “at least” recoup the £2million the paid to sign him through various add-ons.
Bacuna arrived at Ibrox last month as Rangers wrapped up their summer transfers and Hodgkinson thinks his side have made a “really good deal” with the Light Blues for him.
Hodkinson confirmed there were a few clubs keen to land Bacuna over the summer with Rangers renewing their interest having previously looked at him, telling Yorkshire Live: “With Juninho, we had interest from two or three clubs in the [January] window.
“Rangers were interested in him back in January, they came back in and we ultimately did a deal where we didn’t get a transfer fee up front but we’ve actually done a really good deal.
“It’s appearance-based, European-based, with a big sell-on, we’ve got a significant sell-on, where we will ultimately at least get our money back.”
With Rangers having several targets to meet before Huddersfield are due any payment, it will be interesting to see exactly what triggers payment – and how much Rangers will be paying.
The prospect of a hefty sell-on is one that makes sense though and gives Rangers the chance to capitalise on the player playing at a higher level and still profit if/when he moves on.