Everton will have to pay €270,000 to Marseille after completing a deal for youngster Niels Nkounkou.
The 19-year-old defender completed a move to Everton last week, with the Blues having beaten stiff competition from Europe for his signature.
The deal was considered something of a coup for Everton, who are eyeing up the 19-year-old as a long-term solution at left-back and one who could be a future first-team star.
Securing him on a free transfer was a very Marcel Brands-esque signing, but it now transpires that they will have to pay a fee after all.
La Provence report that Everton will have to pay €270,000 as ‘training compensation’ to Marseille, who developed the youngster from a young age.
The training compensation is a rule FIFA introduced to ensure that club’s who spend years developing a young player, only to see him leave and sign a professional contract elsewhere, do not end up losing out financially as a result.
The rules state that it has to be paid within a month of said contract being signed, meaning Everton will be paying for Nkounkou this summer rather than getting him entirely free as first though.
Still, they are likely to consider it a good deal. Brands has already indicated that the club have great faith in the youngster and should he develop into the first-team star they believe he can be, less than €300,000 will look like a bargain.