Manchester City have sold talented young right-back Pablo Maffeo to VfB Stuttgart with the Bundesliga club paying a club-record fee.
According to renowned Catalan journalist Gerard Romero, the Germans have paid €10million (£8.8million) for Maffeo, while German reports put the fee at closer to €9million (£7.9million). Either fee is the most Stuttgart have ever handed over for a player.
The Spain under-21 international is signing a long-term deal with Stuttgart that will keep him at the club until 2023. The contract will become effective as of 1 July 2018.
Signed from Espanyol in 2013, Maffeo worked his way up the ranks at City, making three first-team appearances in the 2016-17 season under Pep Guardiola before renewing his loan deal with Girona FC.
The 21-year-old has impressed this season, notably with his individual performances against Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and there was strong speculation that he would be in Guardiola’s plans for next season.
However, with just one year left on his contract, and both Kyle Walker and Danilo manning the right-back position at City, the youngster has decided to continue his career in Germany.
City also have a 25% sell-on clause in the deal which will entitle them to a cut of Maffeo’s next transfer. There are mixed reports on if a buy-back clause has been inserted into the deal, with Paul Hirst of The Times saying there hasn’t, but Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo and his agency, Media Base Sports, stating on their website that there has.
Michael Reschke, Stuttgart’s sporting director, said: “For Pablo Maffeo, there were many requests from England and Spain, but he decided to join VfB. Pablo is a player with a very big heart and enormous force, who has a great future ahead of him as a full-back.”
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