The sell-on clause Birmingham City agreed when Jude Bellingham moved to Borussia Dortmund might not be the gold mine Blues supporters hoped it would be.
Blues sold Bellingham to the Bundesliga outfit in the summer of 2020 after he burst on to the scene by making more than 40 appearances in his one season in the senior team.
Dortmund, who are believed to have paid around £30m for the teenager, beat Manchester United to his signature. Now 18, Bellingham has continued to clear every hurdle, even on the Champions League and international stages.
After just one season with Borussia speculation that the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City want to bring him back to the Premier League has already started.
According to the Daily Star , the Reds want to sign Bellingham in a potential £80 million deal – which would represent something like a £50m profit for Dortmund.
If Die Dortmund-Woche is correct, Blues would receive only five per cent of that, far less than the example they cite which was Jadon Sancho’s £85m move to United, of which £12.75m went to his training club, Manchester City.
Borussia have repeatedly said they have no immediate plans to sell the midfielder.
Blues have not had much luck with sell-on clauses in recent years, with those inserted into Jack Butland and Demarai Gray’s transfers from St Andrew’s failing to pay dividends.
Birmingham City declined to comment on the story.