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Club owner confirms Newcastle United have ‘Hefty’ sell-on clause as striker valued at £10m+

1 year ago

As well as over £50m spent on four players in summer 2015,  there was a fifth signing, 19 year old Ivan Toney signed for £500,000 from Northampton.

However, the young striker was only allowed two brief Premier League sub appearances in a 3-3 draw with Man Utd and a 2-2 with Chelsea (see photo above).

He was sent out for six different loan spells, with Barnsley, Wigan, Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury, making 65 League One loan starts and scoring 26  goals, not too bad when you are young and constantly adjusting to new surroundings.

In summer 2018, Ivan Toney was eventually moved on permanently, Peterborough paying an undisclosed transfer fee, reported to be around the £500,000 that Newcastle had paid originally.

Last season Toney scored 16 League One goals in 31 starts (plus 13 sub appearances) and now 23, the young striker looks to be getting better and better, his 11 goals in League One (15 games) make him the second top scorer in English football this season (see list below).

With his goalscoring form, rumours have been growing that clubs in the Championship and possibly even the Premier League may make a move in January, although Peterborough are desperate to keep hold of Ivan Toney as they for League One promotion. Currently thid and only two points off the top, six points above Sunderland who are in eighth.

Another reason not to be keen to rush to sell Ivan Toney has been confirmed by Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony. Very active and open on Twitter, he was asked by a fan if Newcastle had insisted on a ‘buy-back clause’ when selling to Peterborough. MacAnthony confirmed that wasn’t the case but a different kind of clause was inserted; ‘Nope but a hefty sell on one.’

As to how high the sell-on clause is, nobody knows, but with claims of Ivan Toney now having a value of £10m+, it would be a sizeable windfall for Newcastle United.

When Kevin Mbabu moved to Wolfsburg in the summer, Newcastle reportedly (see below) received £1.2m due to a 15% sell-on clause when he earlier went to Young Boys.

Mbabu has struggled for game time in the Bundesliga, making only one start and one sub appearance in the German league, name on the bench eight times.

Top scorers in the four divisions:

13 Eoin Doyle (Bradford/Swindon) – League Two

11 Ivan Toney (Peterborough) – League One

11 Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) – Championship

11 Mohamed Eisa (Peterborough) – League One

10 Ollie Watkins (Brentford) – Championship

10 Paddy Madden (Fleetwood) – League One

9 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – Premier League

8 Sergio Aguero (Man City) – Premier League

8 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – Premier League

8 Marcus Maddison (Peterborough) – League One

As we have seen with Sean and Matty Longstaff at Newcastle United, until young players get a chance, you never know who can/can’t make it.

Ivan Toney went clear as the top scorer across the leagues with another superb finish (watch below), his volley helping Peterborough to a 2-0 win over Lincoln and up to third in League One (currently six places ahead of ninth placed Sunderland).

Toney certainly looks too good for League One and will surely be moving up to at least the Championship very soon.

Can he do it in the Premier League? We won’t know until he gets the opportunity.

Newcastle United will be set for a windfall from a sell-on clause but will they have missed out on fast improving goalscorer?

The Mag – 25 April 2019:

Last weekend brought claims that former Newcastle defender Kevin Mbabu had agreed terms with Wolfsburg.

Now on Thursday afternoon Sky Sports have confirmed that the two clubs have also agreed a fee.

Wolfsburg paying Young Boys £8m for the Swiss international.

Having paid a low/nominal fee when signing him from Newcastle, Yong Boys got a great deal.

Kevin Mbabu a key player as Yong Boys have broken Basel’s stranglehold of domestic football in Switzerland, with title wins last season and this.

Good news for Newcastle United as well, with last weekend’s reports also revealing that the Magpies inserted a sell-on clause when letting Mbabu move on.

That sell-on said to be 15% of any future transfer fee, meaning Newcastle are set to bank £1.2m from the Wolfsburg deal.

The Mag – 21 April 2019:

Former Newcastle defender Kevin Mbabu turned 24 on Friday.

The Swiss international was one of the main casualties as Rafa Benitez decided to go almost entirely with experience/older players to get Newcastle United back into the Premier League in summer 2016.

Newcastle fans had liked what they saw as Kevin Mbabu had impressed in the small number of first team opportunities, including when playing against Chelsea and Man City.

However, he was then loaned to Young Boys for a season and then moved permanently there in summer 2017 for a small fee.

News now though from Germany that after helping Young Boys win consecutive league titles and smash Basel’s domination (Young Boys currently a massive 22 points ahead of Basel, Mbabu’s team have won 25 and only lost one of their 29 league games so far this season), the former NUFC defender is now set to move on.

Kevin Mbabu had said a number of times he would like to play again in England but instead it is Wolfsburg where he is set to play for next season.

The German club’s Director of Football, Jorg Schmadtke, has said that Wolfsburg have reached agreement with the player, Mbabu set to be transferred for around £7m.

It has also been reported that Newcastle have a sell-on clause, which would be expected in such a deal when they let him go back to Switzerland.

The sell-on clause believed to be 15% which would mean Newcastle banking a windfall of around £1m if/when the £7m transfer to Wolfsburg goes through.

When he left Newcastle United two years ago, Kevin Mbabu put out an emotional personal message to NUFC fans (see below).

The Mag – 16 June 2017:

Kevin Mbabu has released a touching emotional personal statement to Newcastle fans.

The Swiss defender has made a permanent move to BSC Young Boys after agreeing a three year deal earlier this week.

However, the 22 year old says he felt compelled to put out this public statement to Newcastle supporters via his Twitter account.

Kevin Mbabu personal statement to Newcastle fans:

“As you’ve probably heard…I have left Newcastle, I wanted to thank everybody in the club for helping me when I was a young player.

“I’ll never forget my professional debut with the team. It was a special moment for me.

“I can still feel the atmosphere when I first played at St James Park. You fans were and still are just amazing.

“I’ve been proud to wear the black and white shirt and I gave everything I had each time I got to play for this club.

“I would have loved to give you more  but injuries and new opinions have decided differently.

“I learned a lot in my time in England but the biggest is yet to come for me.

“I work hard everyday to improve myself to become a great footballer.

“Now, a new challenge is coming for me with BSC Young Boys in Switzerland.

“I will give everything to perform in League, Cup, an European games and continue my progression.

“I wish Newcastle all the best for the new coming season back in the Premier League!

“I would like to say a warm thank you to all the Geordie fans for your wishes and support.

“I will remember all the heartfelt messages you sent me.“Now, I turn a page.

“But, I will never forget you, the best fans in England.

“Howay The Lads.”

Kevin Mbabu


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