Back in July, we relayed the news that Arsenal had been fined by FIFA for the inclusion of sell-on clauses in the 2018 deals that saw Joel Campbell move to Italian side Frosinone and Chuba Akpom join Greek outfit PAOK.
In both instances, it was ruled by FIFA’s disciplinary committee that the variable sell-on rates that were agreed made it less attractive for the players to be sold back to British clubs.
To recap, we engineered deals where we’d be eligible for 40% of a transfer fee paid by a British club for Akpom compared to 30% from any other team. For Campbell, the figures were 30% and 25% respectively.
Since then Joel Campbell has moved to Mexican side Leon and, if rumours are to be believed, Akpom is on the verge of a deal with Championship side Middlesbrough. It seems the sell-on clause wasn’t that unattractive to Anglo-Greco relations after all…
Presumably, even though we’ve been fined, the clause still stands, which means we should net 40% of whatever the Greeks get for him. That could be very useful at a time when we’re trying to cobble together enough funds to invite people to Aouar Partey.
Akpom, 24, led the line for PAOK last night as they knocked Benfica out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round. By and large, it sounds like he’s done pretty well in Greece since leaving the Emirates in 2018. He even scored the winner in the 2019 Greek Cup Final against AEK Athens.
Boro will be the fourth team Akpom has represented in the Championship. During his time as a Gunner he embarked on loan spells with Nottingham Forest, Hull City and Brighton. He also played for Brentford and Coventry, both in League One at the time and spent a year in Belgium with Sint-Truiden.
We’ll be curious to see how much Neil Warnock shells out.