- Aug 9, 2015
Acquisition costs always factored into the budget charge of loaned players, but its acquistion costs paid the year the player is loaned not total costs. This was never an issue for Angelino or Facey because they had come up from Man City academy so there were no acquisition costs. Yangel would have had to have been a DP, but CFG structured his transfer so that the transfer fee was paid in installments to keep him under the DP threshold.I have no idea about new rules covering loans from affiliated clubs.
In the past, I understood the rule to be that for loan deals with related entities the loaning team cannot subsidize the player's salary, because that would be a salary cap avoidance cheat. I think that acquisition costs paid by the loaning team can be kept on the books of the loaning team and not charged to the MLS club. If correct, this is a partial, legal cap avoidance strategy. So we had to pay the salaries for Facey, Angelino and Herrera and I think that any acquisition costs paid by MCFC was kept off our books.
There also were rumors about a possible special deal regarding player loans when CFG paid its then record expansion fee to enter MLS, but I've never seen anything specific to either back that up or evidence it was used.