Sheffield United made a tidy profit this summer on the transfers of former players Che Adams and Harry Maguire.

Maguire became the most expensive defender in history upon his move from Leicester City to Manchester United for £80m (BBC).

The England international came through the Blades’ academy, playing 166 times for them before moving to Hull City in 2014 for £2.5m (BBC).

Meanwhile, Adams was at Bramall Lane for a little under two years after being snapped up from non-league Ilkeston. The 22-year-old scored 15 goals in 55 appearances before Birmingham City paid £2m (Sky Sports) for the striker in 2016.

Southampton signed Adams from the Blues this summer for £15m (BBC).

At the time of both of their departures from Bramall Lane, the Blades were a League One club. They inserted sell-on clauses into both deals and now as a Premier League outfit, are reaping the rewards.

How much Sheffield United made on Harry Maguire and Che Adams

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In both cases, the amount the South Yorkshire side initially received has been at least doubled by subsequent sell-on fees.

With Adams, Sky Sports reports the Blades placed a 20 per cent sell-on clause on the forward. It means Birmingham would have had to give £3m of the money they received to his former employers.

Therefore to date, Adams has made them £5m.

As for Maguire, despite the fact the Red Devils are the 26-year-old’s third club since leaving Bramall Lane, the Blades are still feeling the benefits.

According to the Yorkshire Post, a little under £1m of the transfer fee made its way to South Yorkshire. Hull, meanwhile, are set for a £9.5m cash windfall. Which is not before time, as the Tigers continue to struggle with the financial strain of being relegated to the Championship.

In the case of Maguire, this is on top of the £1.7m the BBC reported the Blades received when Hull sold the centre-back to Leicester for £17m in 2017.

It means they have also made around £5m on the Englishman.

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