Davinson Sanchez’s move to Tottenham in 2017 has led to a legal dispute between his former club Atlético Nacional and intermediary Néstor Fernando Villarreal.
That’s according to Antena 2, who say Sanchez now finds himself as part of a legal ‘mess’ between the two parties.
They explain that Villarreal is alleging he is still owed 5% of the training fee that went to Atlético when Sanchez made the move to Tottenham.
The Colombian side trained the defender as a youngster, with him joining their under 20 side in 2013 and rising through the ranks before a £4.5m move to Ajax in 2016.
It meant they were due a training rights fee as part of FIFA’s solidarity scheme, which looks to reward clubs who’ve trained players in their earlier years, particularly when said players move for big sums in future.
That was certainly the case for Sanchez, who joined Tottenham in a £37.8m deal from Ajax in August 2017.
Antena report that Villarreal was due 15% of the training fee that Atlético received but so far has only received 10%.
Atlético don’t seemingly want to pay, though, so now he’s taken his case to the High Court of Medellin to sort it all out.
Whether they’ll agree with Villarreal remains to be seen, although it seems Atlético don’t plan to go quietly and are already preparing to file the necessary appeals.
Fortunately, it shouldn’t affect Tottenham or Sanchez in any way, but it’s yet another example of how modern transfers aren’t as simple as they used to be.