As we know, this winter, the Parisian leaders have the main objective of slimming down their workforce in order to obtain valuable financial income in these complicated times for the finances of the clubs. After settling Rafinha’s situation as part of a loan to Real Sociedad and pending whether Mauro Icardi can be transferred to at least 30 million euros, PSG received this Friday good news without having to fuss too much. It came from the officialization by Losc of the upcoming transfer of French international Jonathan Ikoné to Fiorentina.
When the attacking midfielder left PSG in the summer of 2018 to join Lille for 5 million euros, additional compensation had indeed been negotiated in the event of a resale. This corresponded to 50% of the capital gain realized by the northern club. Thus, while a sum of 15 million euros (14 million + 1 million euros of bonus) is mentioned for the departure of Ikoné in Italy, Paris could pocket nearly 5 million euros on the sidelines of this operation.
Bernede, Zagre, Weah as other potential sources of income
This is not the first time that Paris has recovered a posteriori a sum on the resale of one of its old elements. This had been the case when Giovani Lo Celso left Sevilla Betis to join Tottenham in 2019.
This policy of percentage recovered on resale also applied to other young Parisians. Paris will thus receive 20% if Antoine Bernède, who left in February 2019, leaves Red Bull Salzburg. Another Lille resident could eventually earn PSG: Timothy Weah had indeed left Paris in the summer of 2019 against 10 million euros, also with an agreement including a percentage on resale, between 10 and 15%, for the benefit of the Parisian club. This is finally also the case with Arthur Zagre, currently on loan to Utrecht, who joined Monaco in 2019 for 10 million euros and a 15% resale bonus. At the time, this acceleration in sales of several young people had particularly aroused the anger of Luis Fernandez, the former sports director of the training center.
In the meantime, Jonathan Ikoné, him, the former accomplice of Kylian Mbappé in Bondy in his youth, will bring back a few thousand euros more in Paris for training allowances. He was 12 years old when he joined PSG before turning professional at 18, in 2016.