Maritimo left disappointed by Braga's sale of Dyego Sousa
Last week, Dyego Sousa finally completely his move to the Chinese Super League.
The Braga target man signed an illustrious contract with Shenzhen after a strong season at club level which even saw him make his debut for Portugal.
Yet the 29-year old ended up costing Shenzhen a fee in the region of just €5M, a relatively low valuation, all things considered. Indeed, in the January window, Sousa was widely reported to be a target of the likes of Benfica, with Braga valuing Sousa at about €10-15million. A substantial price for someone fast approaching 30, but a good indication of how important he was to his team.
A move never transpired though, allowing a move to China to take place instead. Many assumed that the fee would be at least similar to that which was reported in January and Braga would get a very decent pay day for the combative striker - especially since it was a Chinese club who were acquiring his services.
But no - €5.4M is all it took to take the Brazilian-born striker - and that's despite him having only become a Portugal international after that interest from Benfica in the winter window. If anything, you'd assume that his valuation would increase. Braga, though, were happy to accept just 5.4M fo his services.
And, as you can imagine, Maritimo are less than impressed. That's because the island club were entitled to 25% of any future sale fee of Dyego Sousa thanks to an agreement between the two clubs back in 2017.
They are confused as to why Braga accepted the offer - and were very much expecting the deal to be worth substantially more.
Carlos Pereira, the Maritimo president, said: "I must confess that I am very disappointed with Antonio Salvador [the Braga president] in relation to the numbers in this transfer [of Dyego Sousa] in the face of what was previously agreed and negotiated between SC Braga and Marítimo."
"We have a lot to talk about. There are many things to clarify."