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Whitecaps could benefit if Bayern Munich sells Alphonso Davies | CBC Sports

The Vancouver Whitecaps are among those who are following Alphonso Davies’ future at FC Bayern Munich with interest.

The Whitecaps will benefit from any future transfer thanks to a sell-on clause negotiated when the Canadian star was sold to the German giants in July 2018. At the time, the Whitecaps said the fixed transfer fee and “additional compensation” could total more than $22 million, a record for the league at the time.

A Whitecaps spokesman confirmed that the transfer agreement stipulates that the MLS team will receive a percentage of the transfer fee if Bayern sells him. The spokesman declined to give the sellout rate, but with Davies linked with a move to Real Madrid worth over $50 million, it could prove a generous return.

Clubs can negotiate to include a sell-on share in a transfer agreement. While there’s no set scale, the range is typically 10 to 20 percent, according to an agent who doesn’t represent Davies, or 10 to 30 percent “at the high end,” according to an MLS GM who doesn’t play for Vancouver.

Discussion over a move to Madrid has increased in recent weeks following reports of a stalemate over contract terms on a new deal with Bayern. Davies, now 23, signed a two-year contract extension with the German side in April 2020, which runs until June 30, 2025.

Reported agreement with Real Madrid

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

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

Spanish reports suggest that Davies has already reached a personal agreement with Real Madrid, but Eberl said the Spanish league leaders have not made any contact. Bayern could demand a transfer fee if Davies were to leave the club at the end of this season.

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

According to reports in Europe, Real Madrid are interested in Davies and vice versa, but do not want to pay €40 million ($58.5 million CAD) to sign him this summer. The Spanish club are reportedly prepared to wait another year to sign Davies on a free transfer if a deal with Bayern is not reached.

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

VIEW | Davies talks about parenting:

Alphonso Davies reveals the price of greatness and his unwavering promise to family

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 of Davies in 2011 courtesy St. Nicholas Catholic Junior High School]

Decorated career

Davies, one of the fastest players in the Bundesliga, has played 185 games for Bayern, scoring nine goals and 27 assists. He won the Bundesliga title five times (2019, ’20, ’21, ’22 and ’23), the DFL Supercup three times (2020, ’21 and ’22) and 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 Canadian 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 the Canadian team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where he scored Canada’s first goal of the Men’s World Cup in a 4-1 loss to Croatia.

By agreeing to a higher resale fee, a buying club can sometimes lower a player’s purchase price, according to the MLS GM.

“Depending on how long a player has been with your club and how much time you have invested in the player, you may require more or less of the sellout percentage,” the GM said. “And it also depends on how aggressive the buying club is with the money they are willing to spend upfront.”

MLS clubs keep 95 percent of transfer revenue, five percent goes to the league (although there is no distinction between guaranteed, conditional or sell-out, only five percent of all these funds are received).

In some cases, the club receives 100 percent of all transfer revenue until it recoups 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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