The threat of Manchester City snapping up another of their young talents loomed over the recent transfer window but unlike the controversial transfer of Benjamín Garré in 2016, Vélez Sarsfield were able to keep hold of Thiago Almada and were pleased to finally announce on Friday that the 18-year-old has signed a new deal until June 2023.
One of the brightest talents in Argentina, Almada was strongly linked with a move away from Liniers and while that may well still happen in the not too distant future, Vélez have secured a contract that will at least see the club recompensed.
A four-year deal that has a €19 million release clause if triggered before January 31st 2020, an increased €22 million clause up until August 31st 2020 and then a final figure of €25 million for the remainder of the youngster’s contract represents a huge sum for any Argentine club.
Weeks of negotiations and reports of Almada’s agent travelling to Europe had rightly concerned Vélez, given that academy product Garré was lured away by Man City in a deal that ultimately went to the court of arbitration for sport.
While the loss of 16-year-old Garré stung, the possibility of Almada leaving at a knockdown price would have been disastrous. The 18-year-old is not only a future national team star but a central figure in Gabriel Heinze’s first team plans after a string of exciting displays over the past year.
✍🏻 En horas de mediodía, Thiago Almada renovó su vínculo con #Vélez por los próximos 4 años. El acuerdo, celebrado en la presidencia del Club, se extiende hasta el 30 de junio de 2023. pic.twitter.com/84gDZ6VzQ4
— Vélez Sarsfield (@Velez) September 13, 2019