Preston North End have announced they’ve signed Ben Whiteman from Doncaster Rovers for a “significant undisclosed fee”.
The former Sheffield United midfielder has signed a three-and-a-half year contract at Deepdale after passing a medical earlier in the week.
Although officially the transfer fee is undisclosed, The Lancashire Post reports Preston paid £1.5m plus add-ons for Whiteman.
Which will be of interest to the Blades, who included a sell-on clause when Whiteman left Bramall Lane for Doncaster in January 2018.
“It would be tough for him to get into our side at present given the strength we have in that area of the team,” Wilder told the club’s website at the time.
“But should Ben’s career progress as we think it could, then as a club, we’ve covered ourselves for the future in terms of a sell-on.”
How much the Blades will get for Ben Whiteman
It won’t be a significant amount. History suggests the clause is likely to be between 10 and 20 percent. That equates to between £150,000 and £300,000.
However, for effectively doing nothing this will still be welcomed at United.
The club has become very good at safeguarding its financial future when selling youngsters. Including a sell-on fee is now standard practice.
This came to serious fruition in the summer of 2017 when Kyle Walker joined Manchester City and Leicester City signed Harry Maguire.
BBC Sport reports the Blades received 10 percent of the £45m paid to Tottenham Hotspur for Walker. And the same amount of the £17m fee Hull City received for Maguire.
Something similar happened two years later. They received 20 percent of the £15m Southampton paid Birmingham City for Che Adams. And also just under a £1m when Manchester United spent £80m on Maguire.
A similarly high cash windfall could be coming there way if former players such as David Brooks and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are also sold.