Morgan Rogers transfer: How much Man City will earn from Aston Villa’s £15m signing

The attacker joined from Middlesbrough on transfer deadline day.
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Manchester City are set to profit from Aston Villa’s deadline-day signing of Morgan Rogers.

The 21-year-old has joined from Middlesbrough for an initial fee of £8m which could rise to £7m with add-ons, and has been handed the no.27 jersey at Villa Park.

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Rogers’s signing sees him return to the West Midlands and he came through West Bromwich Albion’s youth academy before signing for City in 2019. After loans at Lincoln City, Bournemouth and Blackpool, the attacker joined Boro permanently last summer.

As part of the transfer, the Premier League champions inserted a 25 percent sell-on fee in the deal, meaning City could earn just under £4m from Rogers’ move to Villa. They are guaranteed a fee of just under £2m for the winger.

It’s a policy City have utilised with several youth-team players in recent years and gained financially from Pedro Porro’s move to Tottenham Hotspur last year and Romeo Lavia’s summer switch to Chelsea. It’s the sort of astute piece of business that has seen City become best in class in the transfer market and helped the club post a record £712m in revenue last season. 

Rogers never played a senior game for City but did impress in their youth teams and has been capped at various international age groups by England. He could feature against City when Villa travel to the Etihad at the start of April in the Premier League.

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After the midweek round of fixtures, Pep Guardiola’s side moved three points clear of fifth-place Villa, who suffered a rare home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United on Tuesday. But the City manager feels the claret and blue side are still in the title race.

“I think it’s not just three [battling for first place],” he said. “Tottenham are still there, Aston Villa are still there. It can change. My feeling when I see Arsenal playing, they control many aspects of the game and it’s quite similar with Liverpool.”