As most fans understand, most transfer deals are done in instalments, paid over many months or even years. The Hagi deal in particular was the pinnacle of this, spending just £1M up front and paying off the rest over seasons. Same too Bacuna – up front cost of nothing, and a payment system down the line to clear the debt to Huddersfield.
And the ingenuity of the Patterson deal is this is NOT the structure Ross Wilson negotiated.
Instead here Everton will pay £12M straight up front, and then the final £4M will come through once the RB has hit certain appearances/milestones.
In short, £12M in the bank in one lump sum, in a system which isn’t often used in football these days.
Furthermore, Rangers have reportedly negotiated in a sell-on clause of an unknown amount, not dissimilar to the unreal £7.5M Celtic got for Van Dijk when he moved to Liverpool from Southampton for £75M, meaning if Patterson grows into a special talent, Rangers will benefit from any sale of the Scotland international.
Again, in short, Ross Wilson played this one as brilliantly as he did Hagi and Bacuna. We signed players on our terms, and now we’ve sold one on them too.
A fine deal for Rangers.