Manchester City allowed Bruno Zuculini to join Hellas Verona last summer on what was suspected to be a free transfer, although financial details were never disclosed.
It appears that City retained 40 per cent of Zuculini’s sporting rights, entitling them to a share of the profits.
City’s cut is holding up a new transfer for the 24-year-old. Argentine giants River Plate had agreed a €3.5million deal with Hellas to acquire their 60 per cent share of Zuculini’s rights and the transfer had seemed poised to go through.
Enter City. According to a host of sources in Argentina, notably Sportia, City have now said they want to cash in their 40 per cent of Zuculini for a €1.6million fee, which could force River to cough up around €5million in total.
ÚLTIMA NOTICIA: Se complica el pase de Bruno Zuculini a River porque Manchester City quiere vender también su parte del pase pic.twitter.com/S9PUve8yF2
— Sportia (@Sportia) January 25, 2018
Se complica la llegada de Bruno Zuculini a #River. Con Hellas estaba todo acordado, pero los ingleses ahora quieren 1.6 millones de euros por su 40 por ciento del pase. Vía @arielsenosiain en @Sportia
— César Luis Merlo (@CLMerlo) January 25, 2018
Zuculini joined City in 2014 and was dubbed by some as the best young defensive midfielder in Argentina, winning comparisons to Javier Mascherano, but loan spells at Valencia, Córdoba, Middlesbrough, AEK Athens and Rayo Vallecano were disappointing.
Bruno finally found his footing at Hellas in Italy, helping them win promotion to Serie A last season, before he moved permanently there last summer. And now River Plate hope to recruit him, but City’s demands have put the deal in question.
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