Manchester City could reap further dividend from Monday’s sale of Jeremie Frimpong to Celtic with the addition of a sell-on clause to the deal.
The Scottish Sun reported that the Premier League champions have included a clause whereby they will receive 30% of any future sell-on fee for the 18-year-old defender.
According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic have this week paid an up-front fee of £350,000 for the teenager, although the eventual payment for the player could hit the £1m mark with the possibility of a further £650,000 to be paid depending on first team appearances and achievements.
Frimpong had been involved in Manchester City’s academy since the age of nine, as noted by The Scottish Sun, and had begun to feature prominently for their youth and reserve teams over the last three years.
He played six games and scored once in their run to the FA Youth Cup final last season, where they lost to Liverpool on penalties, and also featured four times for the under-21 team that reached the quarter-finals of the EFL Trophy.
In addition, he made six appearances in the UEFA Youth League and featured regularly for the reserves in Premier League 2, scoring twice in 14 games in 2018/19.
He had started Manchester City’s first three matches in Premier League 2 this season, setting up one of their goals in the 3-4 defeat to Southampton in their opening game. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Frimpong is a versatile full-back who plays mainly on the right but has also regularly been deployed on the left-hand side of defence and has even been pushed up to right midfield on occasion. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
However, for all the promise he showed at youth and reserve team level last season, he would have likely faced a huge challenge in pushing for first team inclusion at the Etihad Stadium.
Right-back Joao Cancelo, who cost £27.4m in addition to Danilo being sent to Juventus in part exchange last month, has only been given a single minute off the bench so far this season, such has been Pep Guardiola’s trust in Kyle Walker.
On the left-hand side, Oleksandr Zinchenko has been ever-present this term, with summer arrival Angelino yet to feature this season and Benjamin Mendy set to come back into contention once he recovers from a long-term knee injury, having resumed training in the last two weeks.
Such are the levels of competition for full-back places at Manchester City that not even summer signings Cancelo and Angelino can get their place in the line-up, and once Mendy returns, competition will only heighten even further.
If Guardiola isn’t giving game time to two full-backs that he brought to the club and was willing to part with a two-time Premier League winner in Danilo, it doesn’t seem likely that he would have offered many opportunities to an 18-year-old from the academy who has yet to play at senior level.
Therefore, Manchester City appear to have done good business by potentially gaining £1m from the sale of Frimpong, with a further top-up to come from his sell-on clause.
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