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Insider offers clarity around Chelsea payments for former Manchester City starlet



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Manchester City did not receive a bonus payment during the recent international break that saw Cole Palmer receive his first senior England cap, it has been clarified.

The Wythenshawe-born Manchester City academy graduate brought an end to his time with the Etihad Stadium club last summer, joining Chelsea on a deadline day agreement that saw the player sign a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

The deal saw Manchester City negotiate an initial £40 million transfer fee, with room for an additional array of bonus payments taking the overall maximum outlay of a deal up to £42.5 million.

It was speculated just months after joining Chelsea that Manchester City had received some of those additional payments after Gareth Southgate awarded Palmer his senior England debut following a sensational start to life under Mauricio Pochettino in the capital.

However, such a claim has now been denied by those closer to Manchester City, correcting the nature of the add-ons agreed upon by all parties during the summer months.

That is according to the information of Manchester City insider ‘Tolmie’s Hairdoo’ on X, who states that Cole Palmer’s recent senior call up to the England national team did not include a bonus payment for Manchester City.

It is stated that while there are additional add-ons worth up to a total of £4.5 million embedded into last summer’s agreement, they are for UEFA Champions League qualification and Premier League success at Stamford Bridge.

Since joining Chelsea on September 1, Cole Palmer has largely been at the centre of everything good Chelsea have put together in an attacking sense, having registered 22 appearances across all competitions so far for the club.

17 of those outings have come in the Premier League, and Cole Palmer has scored eight goals in that period, providing a further four assists in the process – staking his claim as an undroppable element of Chelsea’s system.