Valencia have been accused of playing the system in the way they have structured the deal which looks to have landed them Maxi Gomez.
An insider who has been close to the deal explained on the ‘phone that Valencia will pay €16 million (£14.4m) plus striker Santi Mina valued €22m (£2om) and a youth player on loan for two years.
The total deal should be worth around £35m but Valencia and Celta Vigo have allegedly valued Mina at €1m (£900,000) thus reducing Celta’s liability on a sell-on fee and Valencia’s commission to Gomez’s agents.
Defensor Sporting Club sold Gomez to Celta Vigo for just €4 million (£3.6m) in 2017 with a 25% sell-on clause on the profit.
With the total deal devalued to £15.3m Defensor Sporting Club will get around £2.9m of the transfer.
If the £45.8m West Ham deal had gone through then Defensor Sporting Club could have received around £10.5m from the transfer.
The same can be said about the agent’s commission with Valencia said to be paying around 10% (€1.7m) compared to the €3m West Ham were offering to pay.