Manchester City to benefit from 25% sell-on clause as former prospect joins La Liga club

Manchester City’s insistence on buy-back and sell-on clauses when letting talented youngsters go is more common now than in the past, but isn’t an altogether new thing.

When the Blues sold Spanish prospect José Ángel Pozo to UD Almería for a modest fee of around £325,000 in 2015, it was reported that they had inserted a 25% sell-on clause in the deal.

Today, 22-year-old Pozo made the step up to Spain’s top-flight, La Liga, by joining Real Vallecano for a reported fee of between €1million and €1.5million, signing a five-year deal.

That means, assuming the clause in fact exists, City’s coffers have been bolstered by something in the region of €250,000 to €375,000. It’s not a lot for a Premier League giant, but every little counts, and there is no doubt that greater sums will arrive in future as other ex-academy players move on during their careers.

José Pozo’s younger brother, Iker, is still with City and is currently part of Pep Guardiola’s squad touring the USA. The 17-year-old midfielder has been an unused substitute for the ICC games against Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, and will hope to better his brother’s five appearances – in which he scored twice – for Manchester City’s first team.

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