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09th Aug 2016

John Stones’ transfer to Manchester City has made Barnsley a heap of money

A tidy windfall

Tom Victor

Whichever Barnsley employee insisted on a sell-on fee when John Stones joined Everton deserves a raise.

The England defender has joined Manchester City for a reported £47.5m. That fee could rise to £50m if City win two Champions League trophies by 2022.

Barnsley’s cut – somewhere between 15 and 20% – guarantees the Tykes a payoff of more than £7m.

Remarkably, that is more than the Yorkshire club have ever received for a player, with the previous record of £4.5m coming from Ashley Ward’s move to Brian Kidd’s Blackburn back in December 1998.

In effect, the club have broken their incoming transfer fee record on a player they don’t even own.

The sum paid to Barnsley is higher than the transfer fee for a number of new arrivals in the Premier League this summer.

New Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan cost the club less than £5m, as did goalkeeper Loris Karius, while Manchester City’s new winger Marlos Moreno – who will link up with Stones next summer after a year on loan in Colombia – was a £4.75m buy.

When you look down to the Championship, meanwhile, only three players have cost more than £7m – Aston Villa’s Ross McCormack and Newcastle United new-boys Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie.

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We don’t necessarily anticipate Barnsley spending it all in one go, though, even if they are among the favourites to drop down from the second tier.

Their current record buy – Macedonian flop Georgi Hristov – cost them just £1.5m back in 1997.

All in all it’s a great day for Barnsley, made even better by the fact this has all taken place on pie night.

What a time to be alive.

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