Arsenal chasing £8m transfer windfall with administrators aware of bill due

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Arsenal are reportedly still owed £8million by Derby County which could boost the club’s transfer coffers. Derby signed Krystian Bielik from the Premier League side two years ago, with administrators aware that the majority of the midfielder’s transfer fee is still due.

Derby are stuck at the bottom of the Championship table on one point after being hit with a 12-point penalty for going into administration.

Prospective buyers for the Championship club will have to take on liabilities worth “tens of millions of pounds”, according to The Telegraph, which claims that one of Derby’s main creditors is Arsenal.

The publication says the Rams only paid a small fee up front when they signed Bielik for a club-record fee of up to £10m from the Gunners in a structured deal in August 2019.

And with only around £2m paid in instalments so far, anyone interested in buying the club will have to take on the bill for the Poland international.

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It is understood that Arsenal have been told they will receive the money, with Derby’s administrators aware of the outstanding fee and including it in talks with possible buyers.

Bielik, 23, is currently recovering after suffering a second serious knee injury since joining the Rams.

Derby moved onto one point after picking up their third win of the campaign at home to Reading on Wednesday night.

Rooney’s side remain unbeaten at Pride Park this season as they look to escape the relegation zone despite their 12-point penalty.

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Following the 1-0 win, Rooney said: “It is a very difficult moment we are in but the players are giving absolutely everything, so all we can do is keep working, keep trying to pick up points. 

“I think they deserve a lot of praise, a lot of credit. Looking at the table now we are back into positive points. 

“It is never nice when you are on minus points, to turn that around so quickly they deserve a lot of praise for that.”

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Last month Rooney said he would not quit as Derby boss despite the scale of the challenges facing the club, telling a press conference: “I am here to fight for this club, I am not prepared to walk away.”

Andrew Hosking, Carl Jackson and Andrew Andronikou, managing directors at business advisory firm Quantuma, have been appointed joint administrators of the Rams.

Hosking said: “We are in the early stages of assessing the options available to the club and would invite any interested parties to come forward.

“Our immediate objectives are to ensure the club completes all its fixtures in the Championship this season and finding interested parties to safeguard the club and its employees.”

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