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Man City’s £50 million transfer bonus secures PSR lead over Premier League rivals

Man City’s £50 million transfer bonus secures PSR lead over Premier League rivals

If Liam Delap leaves Manchester City this summer for up to £20 million, the City Football Academy will continue a proud record of selling dozens of young players in recent years.

Last year, City’s academy brought in over £50 million (with a potential additional £13 million in add-ons), up from £47 million the year before. The CFA will likely surpass those figures with Delap’s contract with Ipswich or Southampton.




Southampton accounted for more than a third of the sales of around £150 million and could increase that percentage if they beat Ipswich to Delap’s signing.

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They signed Taylor Harwood-Bellis this summer for a pre-agreed £20million, while Tommy Doyle joined Wolves in a similar deal for £5million. Delap’s £20million is in addition to the £5million included in a sell-on clause for Douglas Luiz. These players have earned City more than £50million in total, despite making just 21 appearances between them. In fact, Luiz never played a competitive game for the Blues.

The regular influx of millions into City’s bank accounts from academy players is perhaps another reason why they have had a quiet summer so far.

Other clubs have had to rush to meet the June 30 deadline to comply with profit and sustainability rules, with some trading unproven young players for millions, others having to sell players quickly to avoid point deductions like those suffered by Nottingham Forest and Everton last season.