Manchester City waste £17m on de Jong
Thursday 22 January 2009
Reports suggest that Manchester City overspent on new signing Nigel de Jong by as much as £17m.
City completed the signing of the Netherlands international yesterday, paying in the region of £19m. Yet reports today suggest that if the Eastlands club had waited until the end of the season, they could have secured his services for £2.3m.
It is believed that the midfielder had a release clause inserted into his Hamburg contract, allowing him to leave in the summer for a cut-price fee.
It is unknown whether City chiefs knew about the small print, or if they wanted to carry on regardless in order to sufficiently bolster their squad so that they are not sucked into a relegation battle.
De Jong is expected to meet up with his new team-mates in Tenerife, as the Manchester City players are put through their paces at a winter training camp. He could make his debut next Wednesday against Newcastle.
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo buys agent Jorge Mendes a whole Greek island as a wedding present
Premier League 2015/16 preview: Club-by-club guide to the new season
Pedro to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal says £22m winger can turn Manchester United into champions
Can Arsenal win the Premier League? Is Raheem Sterling the answer to Man City's problems? Can anything stop Chelsea?
Pedro to Manchester United latest: Pep Guardiola backs his Barcelona protege to shine at Old Trafford
- 2 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 4 Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks busy Dublin road
- 5 'Cool kids' can go on to become losers in later life, study finds
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality