For several years now, Atlético fans and members of the Spanish press alike were under the impression that fully half (50 per cent) of Atleti’s transfer income had to be handed over to Spain’s tax authorities as part of a levy imposed to collect on past-due taxes.
AS reveals, however, that is not the case.
The Spanish paper reports that Spain’s Ministry of Economy and Finance, generally referred to as simply Hacienda, hits Atleti with a one-time annual fee of €15m regardless of the total amount of revenue from player sales.
The €15m charge is due every year before the 20th of September, and is taken from a pool of all of Atleti’s revenue streams.
A hefty sum no doubt, but considering the sale of Sergio Aguero and David de Gea could net the club €70m if each player’s release clause is met, Caminero and his crew would have about €55m to spend on reinforcements as opposed to the €35m once thought to be available.
That transfer budget doesn’t include income from the possible sale of other Colchoneros said to be currently on the market, such as: Diego Forlan, Diego Costa, Juan Valera, Paulo Assunção and Raul Garcia, among others.