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Variable sell-on clauses in transfers

Updated: Jan 20, 2022

Linklaters discusses the impact of the Court of Arbitration for Sport's recent decisions

Football’s January transfer window is upon us. Against the buzzing of mobile phones, dealmakers and lawyers will be tirelessly drawing up transfer terms. When it comes to deciding whether to cash in on players who could go on to achieve big things, savvy clubs may include sell-on clauses as a means of generating revenue further down the line.

Observant lawyers will have boosted their negotiation armoury after the successful appeal by Premier League club Arsenal FC (Arsenal) last summer before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in relation to the compliance of variable sell-on clauses in player contracts with FIFA regulations which prohibit third party influence.

To read the full Linklaters update, by Oliver Beeley and Jason Shardlow-Wrest, click here

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