Etihad Stadium transfer officials are set to reap the rewards of a contractual clause installed into a Manchester City exit finalised last summer.
Those rewards are expected to come via Morgan Rogers, whom Manchester City saw leave the club last summer following several loan spells away from the Etihad Stadium across his time with the Premier League champions.
City recruited Rogers in the summer of 2019 from West Bromwich Albion, before sanctioning three successive loan spells in the English Football League at Lincoln City, Bournemouth, and most recently, Blackpool.
However, with no clear pathway into Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad, Rogers and Manchester City decided to part ways after a four-year agreement last summer, with Michael Carrick’s Middlesbrough winning the race for the player.
Now, as per the exclusive information of transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Morgan Rogers from Middlesbrough to Aston Villa now has a ‘verbal agreement’ in place and has received the ‘Here We Go’ over a move back into the Premier League.
Further reporting from Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas indicates that Aston Villa have agreed a fee for Rogers that could rise to £16 million if add-ons installed in the agreement are reached.
With the signing at Villa Park now imminent, Manchester City are likely to be watching on and receive communication from the Riverside Stadium over a sell-on clause installed into the deal that took Rogers to the north-east last summer.
As per the information of the Manchester Evening News’ Simon Bajkowski earlier this month, Manchester City inserted a ‘high sell-on fee’ to protect themselves if Morgan Rogers took off at his new club – and that is likely to become active just six months later.
According to further details provided by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Manchester City will receive 25 per cent of the transfer fee which is detailed as being an agreement worth an initial £8 million plus a further £7 million in add-ons.
Manchester City are usually fine negotiators in transfer business when it comes to both arrivals and departures from the football club, and have inserted sell-on clauses and buy-back options into a number of their recent deals.
One such exit that fitted that exact bill was Tommy Doyle’s loan move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who hold a £5 million option to buy on the midfielder this summer, while Manchester City would retain a staggering 50 per cent sell-on clause in the move.
However, no such agreement was inserted into the high-profile deal that saw Cole Palmer move to Chelsea, with City not securing a sell-on clause, and instead regarding a £40 million guaranteed payment as a good deal, according to reports.
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