Atletico Madrid striker caught in tug-of-war with Vietnamese club

Atletico Madrid are reportedly tied up in a tug-of-war with a Vietnamese team over recent signing Samson Kayode Olaleye.

As El Mundo Deportivo and AS report, Hanoi T&T are claiming the 22-year-old Nigerian striker signed a pre-contract agreement to join them, before he then signed for Atleti in mid-August.

It is understood that the player will have received more than €200,000 in advance from the V-League team, on the understanding he would then have signed a three-year deal on a €7,000 monthly salary.

Hanoi T&T are claiming the full penalty sum for the alleged breach of contract, requesting the player pays $2m, around €1.4m. It is believed that the player, who after signing for Gregorio Manzano’s side was then immediately loaned out to Sporting Braga, is willing to pay €355,000 of the penalty to release him from the deal.

The Vietnamese club’s President told EFE, however: “If Samson does not compensate us for $2m, we will not let him go. He may not play for any club because this is an international transfer.”

They have filed a complaint to the Vietnamese Football Federation to prevent delivery of the player’s licence to Atletico. Because Braga did not receive an International Transfer Certificate for the player before the window closed, it is believed, that regardless with Hanoi T&T’s actions, the player is now unavailable to play until at least January anyway. He has yet to receive a shirt number with the Portuguese team.

Atleti picked the player up on recommendation, and due to the fact he was available on a free. However, significantly, the move to last season’s Europa League runners-up Braga is a free loan for the Portuguese, with Atleti equally keen and uncertain over the striker’s ability to fit into European football. The youngster made his name in Vietnam with Dong Thap, before cancelling his contract with them over the summer.

Olaleye is alleged to have done a similar thing to Binh Duong in 2007, when after agreeing to join the team and he and his agent receiving an advanced payment despite not signing anything, he then joined another team instead.

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