Well, well, well.
It’s not often that this site hits quite so close to the mark on what Celtic’s transfer strategy is, and that’s why I’m particularly pleased when we do. This club does so many things in a low key way and so many deals emerge out of the blue that it’s difficult to predict how we’re doing things or the way things will turn out.
I said this morning that I thought we would win any race with Minnesota because we can offer a whacking great sell-on clause as part of the deal; it turns out this is exactly the card we’ve chosen to play and the press is saying the clause could be as high as 50%.
I wonder if it’s really be anywhere near that; 30% is a high sell on clause, and even that’s probably exceedingly rare.
A 50% could net them a small fortune.
If we’re really going that high, then we want this guy bad and we’re determined to get him quickly.
That’s good news, of course, as our use of the sell-on clause to bait the hook is good news.
We’ve offered £3 million.
A sell on clause even half of what’s reported, the sky’s the limit if this guy turns out to be a superstar and a marketing bonanza.
Like I said today, this could be the clincher.
The Americans have only offered £1 million or so more than we have, but this changes the game.
Even a sale at £10 million, with a 30% fee, would give them £1 million more than the Americans can put on the table … and when this guy goes it won’t be for a fee like that. They know this is good business.
It should put us over the top, and that and future fees relating to appearances and goals.
With any luck this deal should be completed soon.