Sky Sports have now confirmed that Ayoze Perez has now AGREED personal terms with Leicester and is undergoing a medical as we speak, but conflicting reports have emerged regarding the transfer fee.
Both Sky Sports and the Chronicle are reporting that the fee will be £30m – with the latter claiming that a release clause has been activated – however it’s being reported elsewhere that the fee we receive will be almost HALF this figure.
John Percy – The Telegraph’s reporter for the Midlands – claims that the Spaniard’s release clause is in fact £16m, with him saying the following in a piece that confirms a £56m double-deal involving Youri Tielemans and Ayoze Perez:
“Perez will cost a fee of around £16m, which was his release clause at Newcastle, and personal terms will be a formality.”
If the latter is true and it’s £16m, this is an absolute bargain and yet more disappointing news for us to digest.
I don’t expect Ashley to spend much on a replacement even if it was £30m we were due to receive, but £16m would leave us incredibly limited when it comes to a competent replacement.