Norwich City will receive six-figure sums if James Maddison or Ben Godfrey appear at this summer’s European Championships.
Clauses were included in the pair’s moves to Leicester and Everton respectively, the Eastern Daily Press reporting that the Foxes would be obliged to pay City should Maddison make it on to the pitch at Euro 2020.
MyFootballWriter can confirm that a similar clause was included in Ben Godfrey’s £25million move to Goodison Park; one in a series of stipulations that could see the transfer rise to around £30million.
The former York youngster has made an impressive start to life on Merseyside, winning the club’s young player of the season award and establishing himself as a starter in a strong Toffees defence.
Such a good year has earned Godfrey an outside chance of inclusion in the England squad for this summer’s tournament, with an expanded squad size (26 players instead of 23) boosting his hopes. Competition is rife in his position, however, with the likes of Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa and Godfrey’s club teammate Michael Keane vying for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s group.
Recent tournament experience is another advantage the 23-year-old boasts, having joined Max Aarons, Todd Cantwell and Oliver Skipp at the Under-21 Euros in March, although the Young Lions were dumped out in the group stage.
Maddison faces perhaps even tougher competition than his former teammate, with a growing group of talented young attackers providing Southgate with a headache ahead of Tuesday’s selection. Reported behavioural issues at club level – as well as injury struggles and a late-season lack of form – have also harmed the 24-year-old’s chances.
Stuart Webber will hope that Qatar’s 2022 World Cup will provide an opportunity should the pair fail to make it this time, as the clauses will not be payable should the relevant players move to another club before achieving the required appearance.
Rumours of a £51million move for Maddison this summer will, however, have pricked Webber’s ears up, with Norwich entitled to 10% of any profit Leicester make on him.
Several current Canaries are already heading to the Euro’s, with Przemyslaw Placheta, Teemu Pukki and Grant Hanley confirmed to feature for Poland, Finland and Scotland respectively, while Tim Krul is expected to be included in The Netherlands’ squad.
Kenny McLean’s chances of appearing were scuppered by an injury at Barnsley, while Emi Buendia will feature at the South American alternative, the Copa America, should he impress in two World Cup qualifiers for Argentina.