Birmingham City have received £200,000 upfront from Leeds United for 18-year-old Amari Miller but the total package is worth around £1.5 million, according to The Athletic.
Miller’s move to Elland Road has looked on the cards for some time but the Yorkshire club announced yesterday that the teenage winger had joined them from the Blues, signing a four-year deal that will keep him with the Whites until 2025.
Leeds did not disclose the fee in the announcement on the club website but a report from The Athletic has revealed the financial details of the move.
It is understood that the Blues have been paid £200,000 up front but that the total package is around £1.5 million.
The report claims that Whites beat off interest from the likes of Tottenham and Everton, while Birmingham also offered Miller a professional contract in their bid to keep him at St Andrew’s.
The 18-year-old was born in Birmingham and came through the club’s academy system – signing a two-year scholarship deal in 2019.
Miller was handed his debut last season and went on to make five Championship appearances in total for his boyhood club, tallying up 187 minutes.
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Given his lack of senior minutes and contract situation, a deal that could be worth £1.5 million in total seems pretty fair for Miller.
Should be kick-on and become a first team player at Leeds then the Whites will no doubt feel they’ve got a real bargain but there are no guarantees of that.
There were signs of what an exciting future he could have last term but he remains raw, so a seven-figure deal is certainly not the end of the world for the Championship club.
It’s disappointing for the Blues to see a bright prospect leave the club but they need to use it as a learning experience and ensure that in future, they tie down their up-and-coming talents before it can get to this point.