MECHELEN, Belgium – Dynamos are angling for 40 percent of the transfer-fee for attacking midfielder Bill Antonio who recently made the grade for Belgian top flight side, KV Mechelen, but Prince Edward Academy who groomed Antonio say nothing concrete has been agreed yet Zim Morning Post can report.
The Harare giants had an option to own the services of the fledgling forward but declined to commit, leaving Prince Edward Academy the major stake.
“Currently there is an MOU between Prince Edward Academy and Dynamos in that the Academy takes boys through school and then hands them to Dynamos and other clubs on the basis that when a future transfer takes place, the share will be a share of proceeds, with the Academy getting the bigger chunk,” said an impeccable source.
“So now because the field of talented young footballers is so wide in Zimbabwe, the Academy offered Dynamos to pay the school fees of some of the boys so that they take 100 percent ownership. They declined. They did not believe the cycle could come to fruition.”
Antonio, who started playing for Dynamos as a Prince Edward School student, signed a two year deal for an undisclosed amount for KV Mechelen, his new employers said in a statement on Tuesday.
When either (buying or selling) club involved in the transfer do not want to reveal how much they have paid/received for a player, it becomes an ‘undisclosed fee’.
Another situation that may arise is, when the player himself (or his agent) does not wish for the transfer fee to be disclosed
Fortunately for Dynamos their MOU with Prince Edward Academy allows them to still benefit from the second sale of the player, to another club, should he rise to expected heights in Belgium.
Antonio left a lasting impression on his new employees following his invitation for trials by Mechelen in July.
“Bill Antonio is no stranger to Mechelen,” the club’s sporting director Tom Caluwé told KV Mechelen website.
“This summer he already came and interned with us. He was able to convince the sporting cell. Bill is a fast right wing with action in the feet.
“To integrate, he will play with our U23 at the beginning,” Caluwé added.
KV Mechelen currently sits in 11th place on the Belgian Pro League table having amassed seven points from seven matches played. The side has won two matches, drawn one and lost four.