Football transfers: Buy-Back Clauses explained

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Friday, 24 September 2021 By Daniel Geey, Alex Harvey

This article was originally published on 25 August 2014 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

A transfer agreement between a buying and selling club can include a huge array of complex clauses; from contingent transfer payments to sell-on fees and buy-back clauses.

In this piece we take a closer look at buy-black clauses, how they work in practice, why they’re used, and the different variables which clubs and agents can negotiate as part of the deal.

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Daniel Geey

Daniel Geey

Daniel is a Partner in the Sport Group.

Daniel’s practice focuses on helping clients in the sports sector, including rights holders, leagues, governing bodies, clubs, agencies, athletes, sports technology companies, broadcasters and financial institutions.

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Alex Harvey

Alex Harvey

Alex Harvey is an Associate in the Sport Group at Sheridans. He advises on a broad range of commercial, governance, regulatory and contentious matters across the sports, esports and entertainment industries. Alex works with a variety of clients, including domestic and international governing bodies, rights holders, leagues, clubs, brands, agencies and individual talent

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