Never really understood the principle of co-ownership within the Italian Leagues? Neither did I, but after some in-depth research and endless hours of playing in the Italian Leagues I finally understand it. For your enjoyment, here is a small guide explaining co-ownership in Football Manager terms.
The principle of co-ownership is very simple. When a club acquires a player in co-ownership, they basically own 50% of that player. Obviously, a player can't be split in two; it would be physically impossible for any human to be split in two and live... Instead, the two clubs concerned with the player make an agreement to determine which club the player will play for. A co-ownership usually lasts between 1 to 3 seasons. At the end of the co-ownership there are two ways this can go:
The first being both clubs make a bid for the player; the club with the highest bid take full ownership of the player.
The second being, if neither of the clubs makes an offer, or that both offers are equal values, then co-ownership is prolonged for another season and the player stays at their current club.
The Bid For Co-Ownership
Now, how to make a bid for co-ownership. Select the desired player and make a bid for them. Here is a brief explanation of what to do:
1. Type of Offer: Select “Co-Ownership”.
2. Fee: Make a suitable bid in order to secure your 50% ownership of the player.
3. Playing Team: Select the team with whom the player plays his football.
4. Duration: Here you select the Duration of the joint ownership, between 1 year and 2 years, if I remember correctly. This can increase to 3 years maximum.
Make your offer then all you have to do is wait for a reply from the club!
There are two things that can happen:
• Either one of the clubs within the co-ownership can buy the other 50% of the player and will then become 100% owner of the player. If a fee is accepted for the other 50% the player will immediately join the club with 100% ownership;
• A club without co-ownership can make a bid for your player. This club must then agree transfer fees with both clubs for each of their 50% ownership of the player before they can move into the contractual stage of negotiations.
When the Co-Ownership comes to an end:
• Both clubs must then outbid one another. The club that proposes the highest fee pays this sum to the other club and becomes 100% owner of the player. The player must then agree terms of a contract until the deal is finalised.
• If both bids are of equal value by both clubs then the player remains on another 1 year co-ownership deal.
Written by Borat On Friday 1st December - 15:00
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