Davinson Sanchez’s transfer from Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur in 2017 has led to a legal battle between the defender’s former club and intermediary Nestor Fernando Villarreal.
According to the report from Antena 2, the 25-year-old centre-back is now caught up in a legal ‘mess’.
The dispute comes from Villarreal claiming he is owed 5% of the training fee that went to Atletico Nacional following the defender’s transfer to Spurs in 2017.
Sanchez rose through the academy at Atletico, making 33 first-team appearances for the Colombian club before being snatched up by Ajax in 2016.
Due to FIFA’s solidarity scheme, Atletico were due a training rights fee, which is an attempt to reward smaller clubs who have trained players in their earlier years before they eventually move for big money in the future.
The report states that Villarreal was due 15% of this fee but has only received 10% and the case is now going to the Court of Medellin. However, this legal battle will not affect Tottenham or Sanchez directly.
Despite not having a direct problem with Sanchez or Tottenham, it shows how complex modern transfers can be. It seems silly as to why deals can break down so easily, but when transfers are going down to the bare bone like this it gives context as to why.
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