I do hope that the Sevco High Command and the folks at Lille Olympique Sporting Club can come to some kind of rapprochement regarding Alfredo.
Despite what is being offered by the Copy n Paste Commandoes on the subject the reality is more prosaic.
Follow follow the money.
My understanding is that when the negotiations were “ongoing” there were several issues to be resolved.
- The transfer fee.
- A loyalty bonus that the Sevco owed to Alfredo.
- The size of the sell-on clause.
Regarding (1) a fee of around €5.8m was arrived at and the French club was also willing to pay the loyalty bonus (2).
However, it all broke down over several issues and main on was how (1) would arrive in Sevco’s bank account.
The chaps in the Blue Room wanted all of it upfront there and then.
They couldn’t agree on (3).
Sevco wanted as much as 25%, and Lille said “Non”!
They were prepared to go as high as 15%.
However, it was the structure of the transfer fee payment that was the main stumbling block.
The French side anted to pay it in the usual way of 40%, 30%, 30%.
That was not satisfactory for the Blue Room brethren given their current financial state.
As I have already reported, it was to cover the deferred wages balloon payment, which is due this week.
If the €6m (approx.) Morelos transfer fee had been paid in one lump sum; then I’m told that part of it would have headed straight out of the Big House en route to Johannesburg.
Remember that loan?
Yeah, that one.
So, with the deferred wages and a tranche of the loan to the ex-chairman, it was clear to Mr Let’s Go that he would receive very little if any of the Morelos dinero.
He is also aware that no reasonable offer would be refused for his captain.
The good news on that front for Stevie G is that apparently no one wants him!
So his players are being sold from under him to make payroll and pay back a secured loan to the ex-chairman.
With that in mind, Gerrard’s very public tantrum about strengthening the squad is rather understandable.
Meanwhile, Alfredo remains a Sevco player although he would rather be somewhere else.