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Town Set for Windfall as Clarke's Brighton Move Confirmed
Friday, 21st Jun 2019 17:46

Town are set to receive a not insignificant windfall with Portsmouth having confirmed that former defender Matt Clarke has joined Premier League Brighton on a four-year deal.

The fee is officially undisclosed but earlier in the week was reported to be £3.9 million with further top-ups believed to eventually take it up to £5 million.

Town are due 20 per cent of the profit Pompey make on Clarke, who is believed to have been valued at £50,000 when he joined them as a makeweight in the £750,000 deal which saw Adam Webster sign for the Blues in the summer of 2016.

That will see Town receive a much-needed boost of £770,000 - in addition to the £450,000 fee received from Portsmouth for Ellis Harrison earlier this afternoon - at a time when the club is facing a £9 million loss of revenue due to relegation to League One.

Barham-born Clarke came through the academy and made one start and four sub appearances for the Blues before signing for Portsmouth, with whom he spent 2015/16 on loan.

Town could also receive further financial boosts via sell-ons this summer with Webster, currently with Bristol City, understood to be interesting Aston Villa, Leicester, Southampton and a number of others and with a valuation of £12 million having been reported.

Webster, 24, joined the Robins from Town for an initial £3.5 million last summer with the fee potentially rising to £8 million.

The Blues are likely to have a sell-on of 10 per cent included in that deal which, depending on how many top-ups have been paid already, could bring in up to £850,000, although Portsmouth would be due 20 per cent of anything the Blues receive as a result of their sell-on from the 2016 move.

Meanwhile former left-back Tyrone Mings is expected to move on from AFC Bournemouth with his former loan club Aston Villa the favourites to sign him with a fee of £15 million - potentially yielding Town up to another £700,000 via a 10-per-cent-of-profit sell-on - having been widely reported.

Ex-striker Kieffer Moore, now with Barnsley, is also believed to be interesting Bristol City with a 10-per-cent-of-profit sell-on also understood to have been part of the deal which saw the 26-year-old move to Oakwell for £750,000 in January 2018.

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rabbit added 09:51 - Jun 24
All these "FACTS", I'm not disputing that ME is trying to sell the business but I have not seen any evidence to support this other than during an interview he said he would be prepared to sell if a buyer came along that could be more beneficial to the business.
Can anyone tell me where I can see this evidence, which hopefully will include the price he is willing to accept, ie the £35 mil quoted in these comments earlier.
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blues1 added 09:57 - Jun 24
Rabbit. To be fair, the £35m figure was suggested in the sun. But that also stated that he was unwilling to write off the debt, which contradicts what Evan's said in his interview. So that figure could well be pure speculation. It was the sun who said it, after all
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Razor added 10:49 - Jun 24
Is it true our owner charges interest on the debt?
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ITFCsince73 added 11:28 - Jun 24
Yes blues1 you are wrong about Barcelona.
They have a healthy debt. No problems with repayments etc.
And of course all players that come from the academy have no bearing on yearly financial accounts. ie Messi has never been included in accounts as an asset. He cost the club no transfer fee. Much the same with Man utd, Rashford, Linguard etc have no value as an asset, as they cost nothing. This also includes bossman free signings.
Real Madrid recently acquired a 200m loan.
On the strength they wanted available funds at any given moment for player purchases etc. A good example of healthy debt.
There is no bad debt at any PL club. The revenues are to high, any debt is healthy debt.
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blues1 added 11:38 - Jun 24
Itfcsince73. My God, what a load of tosh. No debt is healthy. You really think having a 153 m euros debt is healthy? Of course Rashford is an asset to man utd because he has a value at which to sell. That's what an asset is. Something you have that has a value Doesnt matter how much he cost. Which is far more than you think obviously. Do you think it doesn't cost money to bring players through an academy? Bosman free signings are not free. They can cost almost as much as any transfer. Milner going to liverpool is the perfect example. Signed on a bosman, cost liverpool a £15m signing on fee plus the agents fees, wages, etc.
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rabbit added 12:50 - Jun 24
Fair enough blues1 my point of course is about those totally un-informed individuals that state opinions, that they have, as fact.
When you have that type of attitude you are only deluding yourself, but no way will you get through to such people with logic, we've all had the displeasure of coming across such people often in the work place although not for long generally because they go no where and either leave or eat themselves up in their own prejudiced misery.
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Dozzells_Bobblehat added 13:21 - Jun 24
ITFCSINCE73 - care to respond ?
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Dozzells_Bobblehat added 13:22 - Jun 24
Blimey Rabbit you're getting very deep and meaningful.
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rabbit added 14:46 - Jun 24
Yes sorry DB :) everyone is entitled to an opinion but some of the insulting rhetoric from a small minority based on nothing more than opinions just doesn't sit well.
TWTD is a great site and very well run and it's a shame that it gets spoiled by a few, after all no ITFC supporter wants anything other than a top flight side.
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ITFCsince73 added 15:50 - Jun 24
Yes blues1. Briefly... a player who cost no transfer fee. Isn't listed as an asset. Not as far as yearly accounts go.
You can put no worth on an asset that cost nothing, and potentially wont be worth anything until a bid is made.
A player who costs a transfer fee, is an asset.
That asset will be worth less as each year passes, as the contract wears down.

A healthy debt can mean many things. Just one example.
As in the case with Real Madrid, who because of their status, can borrow hundreds of millions for under 1%. They could potentially earn much more with the money than what the 1% is costing. This is one of many examples of a healthy debt.
When you buy players regularly for 50m plus....the odd loan would be needed I would assume. Of course this debt is reflected in yearly accounts. No Tosh.
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ITFCsince73 added 16:25 - Jun 24
There's more chance of alians landing on the penalty spot at camp Nou, than Barcelona going bankrupt. Or any other club in the worlds richest top ten. Theres not 1 club with true debt, in that 10. Not with turn overs approaching 1Billion a year and rising. For some of them.
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