Manchester United have decided to waive the loan fees for some of their young stars.
The Premier League clubs have a number of young players and reserve s out on loan with lower league clubs, and it would be normal practice for them to get a loan fee in return to those teams being able to utilise their services.
Three such players are goalkeepers Joel Pereira and Kieran O’Hara, who are on loan with Scottish team Hearts and Burton Albion respectively, and midfielder Ethan Hamilton, currently playing for Bolton Wanderers.
However, rather than claim the £130,000 they are owed for these players, United are prepared to waive the fees and write the debt off. They believe that it would be unfair to demand payment from these clubs when they are also suffering financially because of the loss of match day revenue.
United can afford to lose the money, whereas those teams are really struggling.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.