According to Dutch publication Eindhoven Dagblad (relayed by Sport Witness), Arsenal will receive a small windfall when Donyell Malen completes his impending transfer from PSV Eindhoven to Borussia Dortmund.
Recruited from Ajax, Malen was on the books at the Emirates between 2015 to 2017. He scored 27 goals in 67 appearances for the club’s youth teams and was tipped to make the jump to the first team only to grow impatient at a lack of opportunities.
The return to Holland has paid dividends for the attacker. Since joining PSV Eindhoven in a deal that netted the Gunners just over £500,000 he’s scored 55 goals in 116 appearances, earned 13 caps for his country and seen his value rocket.
Dortmund are set to redirect €30 million of the fee earned from the sale of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United to recruit Malen.
Having aided the player’s development prior to him turning 18, 1.5% of that fee will go to Ajax and a further 1% (€300,000) will be given to Arsenal.
Malen isn’t the first and won’t be the last to slip through the net at London Colney. Serge Gnabry, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Ismael Bennacer have all moved for large transfer fees since. leaving us. It’s an area we need to tighten up on, for sure.