Anderlecht’s sporting director has confirmed that their attempt to sign Matz Sels on a permanent deal has now collapsed – suggesting that the move became too expensive for the club.
This will come as a bad news for Benitez, with the club clearly trying to cut the wage bill and raise funds this summer.
A deal looked nailed on just a few weeks ago, with Belgian reports claiming Sels had already agreed to a contract with Anderlecht, however it looks like the two clubs have been unable to agree a fee.
Here’s what their sporting director Luc Devroe has had to say when asked about a deal for Sels today – suggesting their hopes of signing him have all but ended after the deal became too expensive for the club:
“If more than ten new players have to be added, we can not spend too much on one player”,
“The financial picture for the Sels transfer became too big, Boeckx and Didillon will compete for the spot under the bar.”
It was reported just last week that they were refusing to pay more than £1.75m for Sels, so a part of me is not surprised it’s broken down.
We may be keen to cut the wage bill and flog deadwood, but it seemed such a cheeky offer for a 25-year-old Belgian international that cost us almost treble that just two years ago.