Manchester City are set to profit further on one of their lesser known City Football Group player investments of recent years.
Former Real Madrid youth player Rubén Sobrino was signed by City from Ponferradina in 2015 for a nominal six-figure fee and subsequently loaned to partner club Girona then Alavés, before joining the latter side on a permanent deal for a little over €2 million in 2017.
Although City made a healthy profit on striker Sobrino, now 26, they sold him for less than they could have in return for a 20 per cent sell-on fee that is set to be activated.
Valencia are in advanced talks with Alaves to sign Sobrino before the transfer window closes, with a deal worth up to €5 million to be concluded imminently. As a result of their sell-on clause, City will pocket in the region of €1 million for Sobrino, taking their total income for him to over €3 million.
City have been placing sell-on clauses in the sale of many players lately, including Rabbi Matondo, who today left the club for Schalke for a reported £9.6m, rising to £11.3 million, with the Blues set to receive 10 per cent of his next fee.