Manchester City continue to receive payments from FC Barcelona five years after former youth player Denis Suárez left the English club and moved to Camp Nou.
Originally receiving a modest fee of €1.8million for the midfielder, now 24, a further €800,000 followed when he reached the Barcelona first team, having originally featured for their B team in Spain’s second division.
From there, a maximum of 10 payments were agreed, with City to receive €800,000 for every 10 competitive games Suárez featured in, up to a maximum of 100 appearances.
His appearance in the Copa del Rey final win over his former loan club Sevilla took his appearance count to 60 and he then featured in Sunday’s win over Deportivo, taking it to 61, meaning another payment claused was triggered.
City have now received €4.8million on top of the original two payments of €2.6million, taking the total amount earned from the transfer of Denis to €7.4million (£6.5million).
And there may be more to come, depending on if Suárez, a fringe player at Barcelona, remains beyond this season – something he is determined to do, convinced he can still be a big part of Barça’s future.
The maximum Manchester City can received for their former youth player is €10.6million, and they are now only €3.2million away from that figure. Not bad for a player who originally left the club for just €1.8million.
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