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Whitecaps could benefit if Bayern Munich sell Alphonso Davies | Radio-Canada Sports


Count Vancouver Whitecaps among those watching Alphonso Davies’ future with Bayern Munich with interest.

The Whitecaps will benefit from any future transfers, thanks to a resale clause negotiated when the Canadian star was sold to the German powerhouse in July 2018. At the time, the Whitecaps said the fixed transfer fee and “compensation extra” could total more than US$22 million, a league record.

A Whitecaps spokesperson confirmed that the transfer agreement included the MLS side receiving a percentage of the transfer fee if Bayern sold him. The spokesperson declined to detail the sale percentage, but with Davies linked with a move to Real Madrid worth more than $50 million, it could prove to be a generous return.

Clubs can negotiate to include a sale percentage in a transfer deal. Although there is no fixed scale, the range is generally 10 to 20 percent, according to an agent who does not represent Davies, or 10 to 30 percent “on the high end,” according to an MLS general manager who doesn’t play with Vancouver. .

Talk of a move to Madrid has intensified in recent weeks amid reports of an impasse in contract terms over a new deal with Bayern. Davies, now 23, signed a two-year contract extension with the German club in April 2020, until June 30, 2025.

Agreement announced with Real Madrid

Bayern Munich sporting director Max Eberl said last month that the club had made their final offer to Davies to extend his contract.

“I can say that we made Alphonso a very concrete and grateful offer,” Eberl told Sport Bild magazine. “At some point in life you have to say yes or no.”

Spanish reports suggest Davies has already reached an agreement with Real Madrid on personal terms, but Eberl said the Spanish league leader had not been in contact. Bayern could seek compensation if Davies leaves the club at the end of this season.

“No club wants to lose players for free,” Eberl said when presented by Bayern in February.

Reports in Europe suggest that even if Real Madrid are interested in Davies, and vice versa, they are unwilling to pay 40 million euros ($58.5 million Canadian) to sign him this summer. The Spanish club are reportedly willing to wait another year to offer Davies a free transfer if a deal cannot be reached with Bayern.

In July 2016, 15-year-old Davies signed a homegrown player contract with the Whitecaps, becoming the third youngest in history to sign an MLS contract. He finished the 2018 MLS season with the Whitecaps, joining Bayern in January 2019 at the age of 18.

WATCH | Davies talks about his upbringing:

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Football superstar Alphonso Davies talks about the sacrifices and hard work behind his success and the promise he made to his family that motivates him. (Note: Video at 02:58 from Davies in 2011, courtesy of St. Nicholas Catholic High School)

Decorated career

Davies, one of the fastest players in the Bundesliga, made 185 appearances for Bayern with nine goals and 27 assists. He has won the Bundesliga title five times (2019, ’20, ’21, ’22 and ’23), the DFL Super Cup three times (2020, ’21 and ’22), the DFB Cup twice (2019 and ’20). as well as the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup (all in 2020).

Davies has been named Canada Soccer Player of the Year four times (2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022) and CONCACAF Player of the Year twice (2021 and 2022).

He has won 45 caps for Canada with 16 goals and was a member of Canada’s squad at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where he scored Canada’s first ever goal in a men’s soccer competition during ‘a 4-1 defeat against Croatia.

By agreeing to higher resale fees, a buying club can sometimes lower the purchase price of a player, according to the MLS general manager.

“Depending on how long a player has been at your club, how much time you have invested in the player, you might ask for more or less percentage of sale,” the general manager said. “And it also depends on how aggressive the buying club is with the money they are willing to spend up front.”

MLS clubs keep 95 percent of transfer revenue, with five percent going to the league (which does not distinguish between guaranteed, conditional or resale, but only takes five percent of all or part of that). funds).

In some cases, the club receives 100 percent of all transfer income until it has recouped its out-of-pocket expenses to acquire the player in question. The 95/5 split applies to all remaining transfer income.


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