A Dutch court has awarded 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million) to Netherlands international and Inter Milan heartthrob Stefan de Vrij after a legal battle over a transfer deal with his former agent.
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De Vrij withdrew his longtime Sports Entertainment Group (SEG) representative to Amsterdam District Court in February, claiming he was disadvantaged in his move to Inter from Lazio in 2018.
The 30-year-old accused SEG of breaching disclosure obligations during transfer talks, which eventually saw him leave Lazio for Inter after months of speculation.
The former Feyenoord player said that Inter wanted to pay him a higher salary, but in the end he only received 37.5 million euros for five years.
“The SEG said it was only negotiating on behalf of Inter, as stated in an agreement with De Vrij,” the Amsterdam District Court said during the transfer.
“However, the court believed that SEG was also negotiating on behalf of De Vrij,” at the same time.
SEG received a €7.5m commission plus an additional €2m for the transfer – which De Vrij said he was never told.
“If this is the case, then the law states that there must be transparency on the agreements, especially if there is a self-interest of the broker (SEG) and Internacional regarding remuneration,” the court said in a statement.
“SEG received a (substantial) commission and therefore had an obligation to disclose,” the court said.
The court added that the agency also did not say that it had received 2 million euros in additional compensation, and would not receive 7.5 percent of the potential transfer fee.
Even if SEG tells De Vrij about the €7.5m commission, “it still does not comply with the disclosure obligation”.
“The court, therefore, grants de Vrij 50 per cent (4.5 million euros) of what SEG received in exchange for the deal between de Vrij and Inter,” the judges said.
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