The deal will see City pay £40million up front with a further £1million in add-ons dependent upon his success at the Etihad.
£1million appears to be a strangely small amount at first glance, and The Athletic have revealed the reason behind it.
Any buying club had to exceed the £40million clause Chelsea inserted into his Bournemouth contract in 2017, and City wanted to avoid the embarrassment of Arsenal’s infamous £40,000,001 bid made for Luis Suarez in 2013.
Suarez was reportedly keen on a move to Arsenal one year ahead of his eventual transfer to Barcelona, but Liverpool owner John W. Henry and then manager Brendan Rodgers reportedly laughed off the bid from the Gunners.
What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) July 24, 2013
Man City wanted to avoid the same mistake, so added a more reasonable £1million to prevent becoming a Premier League laughing stock.