The information published by the Spanish newspaper Sport, reporting a meeting between Andric’s team and Barcelona representatives is not encouraging in Palmeiras, according to sources who have heard UOL Esporte.
The club prefers other markets over the Spanish one. Nothing against the country or the clubs there. The problem is taxes. Of all the top sports markets in the world, Spain has by far the biggest tax rate for Brazilians.
The Spanish tax authorities take no less than 15% on the transfer of a player from Brazil to Spanish football. This is due to a bilateral trade agreement between the nations.
So a transfer for the player’s fine, €60 million (US$305 million today), would give Alviverde €51 million – or $45 million less.
There is still another problem. Palmeiras is already facing this kind of problem because of the Yiri Mina negotiations with the same Barcelona, in 2017. The club disputed this value with Spain. And in the case of new negotiations, the Spanish revenue can block the amounts it considers due in the Colombian deal.
There are three scenarios where Andric will go to La Liga, depending on Palmeiras.
The first would be if the player puts his foot down about playing in Spain. In that case, Palmeiras will have a harder time negotiating to try to maximize the offer, but at some point it will eventually capitulate.
Andric will also go to La Liga if a Spanish offer turns out to be more financially beneficial even with the tax. Or, finally, if the buying club pays the 15% tax, leaving Palmeiras with the desired “clean” value.
At the age of 16, Andric has a contract with Palmeiras until the end of 2025. The player registered for his first professional game last Sunday (18), against Santos, but did not enter the field.