Back in July, Borussia Dortmund stated that ‘a binding purchase option’ had been agreed with Newcastle United, meaning that once a certain number of appearances were made for NUFC, a permanent move would automatically be in place.
The German media reported that Newcastle had paid an initial £2.7m to have the player on loan, with a further £6.5m to be paid if the deal became permanent.
As for the number of appearances that needed to be made, neither Newcastle United or Borussia Dortmund revealed that exact figure.
However, reports in Germany claimed that it was only a nominal number of games.
Newcastle had agreed something similar with Marseille for Florian Thauvin. The French club were strapped for cash in summer 2016 and so it was a one year loan deal with a permanent trigger of only three appearances. What it did mean though was that whilst after only the three games Marseille were guaranteed to have Thauvin permanently, they didn’t have to pay the cash until the end…