Atletico Madrid have insisted that their acquisition of Joao Felix for around 126 million euros was achieved without any external funding.
It had been reported that there many have been outside help, but this has been dismissed.
Los Rojiblancos were able to pull it off thanks to their own financial muscle, which has been growing and growing over the past decade in line with results on the pitch.
They have been able to raise their budget from around 100m euros to around 400m euros in just a few years and now have the ability to make what is the third largest transfer in history – without counting add-ons.
The only reason for the delay in getting the transfer done was the fact that Atleti were negotiating with Benfica to pay 30m euros now and the other 96m euros over the coming years.
While last summer’s signing of Thomas Lemar only saw Atletico Madrid collect 70 percent of his rights, this kind of split hasn’t been necessary on this occasion with Joao Felix.