Manchester City will be watching Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho with interest.
It didn’t work out for England winger Sancho at the Etihad, with player and club having different ideas for his development. As a result, he left for Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £8m that seems like one of the bargains of recent times in hindsight.
However, it was a deal that suited all parties at the time, and City’s relatively low fee for Sancho could be boosted in the near future.
City are clever operators in the transfer market, especially when it comes to the army of players in the City Football Group who are unlikely to ever make the first team. With over £150m raised through player sales in the last five years, City could increase that figure this year with a number of players potentially up for sale.
But it’s not just sales that will generate funds for City, as the club are shrewd when it comes to sell-on clauses and buy-back options when an academy player or first team player departs. They make sure that they retain an interest in players they have developed, even if they fulfil their potential away from the Etihad.
So as attentions focus on who City could sign this summer, who else could the Blues be looking at to raise funds without having to lift a finger?
Starting with Sancho, City will be due 15 per cent of any profit Dortmund receive over the £8m fee they paid. If reports are to be believed, they are holding out for at least £80m for Sancho which would generate a welcome £10m for City.
Another player linked with a summer move is Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo, who impressed after leaving City last year but couldn’t help Scott Parker’s men from relegation to the Championship.
If a Premier League club opts to take a punt on Tosin, City would be due 20 per cent of any fee Fulham receive.
Then onto more unlikely transfers, and City would be due 10 per cent of Leroy Sane’s future fee if he was to leave Bayern Munich, while they could earn 30 per cent of any transfer incomings Leeds receive if they sell Ian Carlo Poveda.
There is also Brahim Diaz, who joined Real Madrid in 2019 for around £15m. His time at the Bernabeu hasn’t quite gone to plan, but Diaz showed glimpses of his quality at AC Milan last season.
There have been some reports that Milan might be interested in a permanent deal, in which case City would be due 15 per cent of any fee. In the unlikely event that Manchester United tried to sign him, that sell-on percentage for City would increase to 40 per cent in a remarkable clause added in the Real Madrid transfer.
City could also use their buy-back clause on Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz to their advantage this summer, but Luiz himself revealed it expires after this year. Whether City are in the market for the defensive midfielder is uncertain, but with reports of Jack Grealish interesting the Blues, perhaps their buy-back clause could be used in the negotiations.
And the clauses don’t stop there, as City have a number of loan players subject to clauses for their temporary clubs to make the move permanent.
Jack Harrison’s Leeds move looks set to be made permanent, with the fee reportedly between £10-13m if Marcelo Bielsa’s men want to sign their influential winger for themselves.
Similarly, Spain international Pedro Porro is halfway through a two-year spell at Sporting, and some reports say they could trigger their permanent option on the full-back to take advantage of other transfer interest. Their agreement is reportedly around the £8m mark.
And despite limited appearances on loan at Udinese, Jayden Braaf could leave for £9m if the Serie A side opts to make the spell permanent.