United will have to rethink about signing Matthijs De Ligt as his agent Mino Raiola demands £18m upfront for any possibility of the transfer.
De Ligt is high on the priority list of some of the biggest names in football after impressing heavily this campaign for Eredivisie champions Ajax.
However, his services will come at a premium.
His agent Mino Raiola who boasts a star-studded clientele including the likes of Paul Pogba and Marco Veratti has demanded a staggering £18m upfront as brokering fee for any party interested in De Ligt’s services.
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Manchester United are no strangers to such multi-million deals with Raiola as they are believed to have paid the Italian €20m upfront to bring back Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford back in 2016.
But, Football consultant Ian McGarry seems to think that United won’t succumb easily to Raiola’s demands this time around.
“My own information regarding the United negotiations, however, over the De Ligt transfer were that Raiola was looking to do the same kind of commission deal that he got for Pogba, which we know was something around €20m,” he said on the Transfer Window Podcast.
“That was paid upfront, very, very unusual in football, for him to get the entire commission upfront. Normally it’s paid over the course of the player’s contract in more and less equal instalments.
“Now of course the consequences of paying it upfront are you don’t get a refund if he leaves a year later, meaning if Pogba didn’t stay ay United for his five-year contract, if it was paid yearly then Raiola would only get one or two years had Pogba left after the time.
“It’s the same for De Ligt, he wanted the money paid upfront. ‘Why shouldn’t I want that money? You did it for Pogba, why shouldn’t I want it for De Ligt?’”
He went on to add: “And United said ‘no, we’re not going to do business anymore that way. We need to have something in hand that we know we can try and rein you in with. I.e. We owe you money, so if you upset us or you upset our player and that upsets our club, then we know that we’ve got something over you.’
“Now these are the kind of fascinating little details that go on in transfer deals that only people closest to them get to find that out, and I think that’s a very, very complicated situation as far as De Ligt is concerned.”