I noticed today that some impressive figures are being paraded in the Radar Press apropos Alfie’s transfer fee.
It might be worth noting that these are the same titles who trumpeted in May that General Ashley had been vanquished.
Indeed, the stenographers gushed that the Castore deal represented a “new era”.
I got back in touch with a longstanding and trusted source on matters Ibrox.
Here is what he sent me:
“The figures I gave you yesterday are the correct ones. Rangers were arguing over the sell-on clause; they want a 20% sell on, Lille will only go to 15%. The other issue was that Rangers wanted the money paid upfront in full, but Lille wants the traditional 40%/30%/30%.”
I then spoke with an agent who advised me that it was almost certain that HJK Helsinki would have a sell-on clause themselves.
He said he couldn’t be sure, but he told me that they have a reputation as a well-run club.
Such clauses are pretty much industry standard.
If this transfer goes through, it will be out with the accounting year (30th June).
However, it should be mentioned as a post balance sheet event.
Regular readers will know that Rugger Guy has often pointed out that what is presented to the RIFC AGM sometimes falls short of best practice in the accounting world.
Of course, the Sevco High Command know fine well that they can get with pretty much anything on that front as they know they are free of any serious journalistic scrutiny.
In one regard, it makes no sense to spin a higher transfer fee through selected stenographers.
That is because if Sevco tries to source a replacement, then the selling club will know that there is more cash available.
Consequently, the fee for the player will go up.
However, the Sevco High Command are in the business of soothing their emotionally fragile klanbase.
There can be unforeseen consequences of such a PR campaign.
For example, when Alfredo was being mentioned as having a market value of tens of millions of pounds, his agent was quick to pounce.
Quite simply if the club would not sell him for, say, £50m then he was due a higher salary.
The bottom line is that the player clearly wants to depart from the basket of assets and the eight-year-old club needs to get some money in.
Will he play at Pittodrie this weekend?