Chelsea told to pay Brighton over £4.25million compensation for Shumaira Mheuka 

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MURCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 09: Shumaira Mheuka of England looks on during the International Friendly match between England U17 and Morocco U17 at Pinatar Arena on September 09, 2023 in Murcia, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Chelsea could have to pay Brighton up to  £7.65million in compensation for the
signings of teenagers Shumaira Mheuka and Zak Sturge, a tribunal has ruled.

Mheuka, 16 and Sturge, 19, both joined Chelsea from Brighton in the summer
of 2022.

A Professional Football Compensation Committee (P FCC) ruled at a hearing
last week that Chelsea must pay Brighton an Initial basic fee of Elm for the
signing of forward Mheuka and 000,000 for left-back Sturge.

These could rise to as much as £44.25m and  £3.4m respectively if a selection of clauses are met.

Brighton also retain a 20 per cent sell on clause for both players.

Brighton will receive £250,000 if Mheuka signs his first professional Chelsea
contract, which he can do when he turns 17 in October.

They will receive a further £250,000 if he makes his senior Chelsea debut, and an additional
£150,000 if he makes his full international debut.

Mheuka has represented England at under-17 level, and is also eligible to represent Zimbabwe.

The club can also receive up to £2.5m based on Mheuka hitting various
appearance milestones.

Mheuka joined Chelsea in July 2022 as a 14-year old, and the potential
compensation received by Brighton would be a record for a player of his age.

Brighton will receive  £150,000 if Sturge makes his professional Chelsea debut,
which is triggered if he appears in any first-team competitive match, including
as a substitute.

They will be due £250,000 if he makes his full England debut in
a competitive match. Sturge has represented England at under-18 level.

Chelsea could also have to pay up to £2.1m if he hits various appearance
milestones.

Brighton were entitled to compensation because both players left the club as
free agents while under the age of 24.

The compensation for Mheuka falls just short the £4.3m Liverpool could have
Fulham for Harvey Elliott.

The midfielder signed for Liverpool as a 16-year-old in the summer of 2019 and a tribunal ruling in 2021 ordered Liverpool pay Fulham an initial El. 2m, plus additional compensation contingent on contracts and cumulative Liverpool and England appearances.

Sturge spent the first half 2023-23 season on loan at Peterborough United, making eight League One appearances, before being recalled in January.

Mheuka made his debut for Chelsea’s academy at at the Euro Youth Cup
tournament in Germany in the summer of 2022 and was named striker of the
tournament after scoring four goals.

He has scored six goals in 10 Under-18
Premier League appearances this season.

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