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From Brazil: Manchester City could claim €300,000 fee for underuse of loanee

Manchester City could boost their coffers by €300,000 (£268,000) if they cash in on a clause they included in a loan deal a year ago.

According to Flamengo Resenha, City agreed to loan Colombian winger Marlos Moreno to Flamengo for free – with one condition. If Marlos played in fewer than 65 per cent of Flamengo’s games, the Brazilian club would have to pay a €300,000 fee to the Premier League giants.

22-year-old Moreno, who continued a string of disappointing loan moves since his arrival in 2016, featured in 35 of Flamengo’s 68 official matches in 2016, or close to 50 per cent, below the required 65 per cent in the clause.

City insisted on the clause out of fear Moreno would not get much game time, but have not yet requested a payment from Flamengo.

Moreno scored only one goal during his loan spell at Flamengo, in a win over Palmeiras at the Maracanã. The next step of the player’s future will be decided in the January transfer window, with two other Brazilian clubs – São Paulo and Palmeiras – recently linked with a move.

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