Wolverhampton Wanderers fans have been reacting to comments from Jeff Shi about the club’s sale of Diogo Jota last year.
The decision was made to cash in on the winger, with BBC Sport reporting the fee to be worth £45 million in total.
There have since been reports that Liverpool are spreading the payments over a number of years.
The deal certainly came out of the blue at the time.
There was hardly any time between the interest being reported and the transfer actually being completed.
He struggled a little with injuries in his first term at Anfield, but Jota really impressed when he had the chance, scoring 13 goals in 30 appearances.
Speaking about the sale, Wolves chairman Shi said (Wolves official): “So, for the deal of Diogo Jota, I think it’s the best deal, even the best deal in the five years after I came here because it’s benefitting all the three parties – the player, the buying club, the selling club – it’s not always like this, you know, sometimes when a buying club buys a player, then they think oh, he’s not so good.”
Fans have been reacting to these comments from Shi and it seems a lot of supporters don’t share Shi’s view.
While some believe the actual fee was fair, others have made the point that a deal is only good if the money received is then reinvested and the team improves as a result.
Here were some comments:
As mentioned earlier, I’m not interested in benefiting the buying club. The fee also looks light?
— BillyH (@Billy_homer) May 30, 2021
The selling club lost his goals and assists … and our season proved it … priceless 🤔
— 🐺🔶Andy Weaver 🔶🐺 (@troutbeckwolf) May 30, 2021
From a footballing perspective, it only benefits the selling club if you reinvest the transfer fee with an adequate replacement. We didn’t do that and hence when Raul got injured, we were left toothless up front! I do wonder why @SkyJohnnyP never asked that key question.
— Adam (@dwightadam) May 30, 2021
Think we under valued him both in money and performance terms. Missing goals and physicality up front now.
— paul nicholls ◣ ◢ (@StPaul197173) May 30, 2021
No. Our final league position confirms this was bad business for Wolves IMO.
— Dartmouth Mart (@DartmouthMart) May 30, 2021
No and I don’t care if it’s a good deal for the buying club!
— Alan Davis (@AlanDavis1893) May 30, 2021
Hindsight, no. At the time, yes.
— Andy Johns (@funnyhillclose) May 30, 2021