Luizao move to West Ham United agreed as update emerges on Sao Paulo terms
Sao Paulo will accept a percentage of any future sale after West Ham tied up a deal to sign Brazilian defender Luizao, UoL Sport reports.
The 20-year-old has agreed to move to the London Stadium when his contract runs out at the end of the January transfer window.
Accoring to 90min on Monday (5 December), the Irons had wanted to pay a small fee to bring forward the move but had been rejected, while ExWHUemployee had suggested later the same day that a compensation fee would be due because an agreement couldn’t be reached on future sales percentages.
But the subsequent report later on Monday night, from reliable Brazilian journalist Bruno Andrade at UoL Sport suggests that will not be the case and Sao Paulo will receive a cut from a subsequent move.
In addition Andrade reports that the three-and-a-half year contract that Luizao is set to sign at West Ham will also include an option for an automatic extension of two more seasons.
The Hammers overcame stiff competition to beat competitors from across Europe to the defender’s signature, including Benfica and Premier League rivals Fulham.
The recruitment department appear to have been working overtime to get this deal over the line, with the move mooted for a while before finally getting the agreement in place.
Despite the likelihood that a compensation fee wouldn’t be prohibitive, given the player’s age and experience, the club look like they were intent on avoiding it.
The latest report suggests that will now be the case, and with a contractual ability to have the youngster at the club until the summer of 2028 they could have secured a key piece of the defence for the long-term future.
Given all that has gone into it then, it would now be hugely frustrating if the work permit requirements proved to be a stumbling block, as has been feared.
But with indications that Luizao is due to be integrated into the first team immediately, there is either confidence that it shouldn’t be a problem because David Moyes wants to use him quickly, or a belief that bringing him in at a level above where they would otherwise choose will be enough to satisfy the permit requirements.
The Irons appear to be clearing hurdles towards the desired conclusion on this one, but there remains that key one yet before it can be seen as a definite success.