One of the clubs reportedly interested in signing a Sheffield Wednesday player could soon find themselves £20 million richer.
Transfermarkt date suggests the Robins have spent roughly the same amount of money as they’ve raised in the summer transfer window (around £12m).
But the Webster windfall should open the door to further additions.
The City CEO Mark Ashton told the BBC this week that a striker remains a priority for his side ahead of next week’s deadline, and the Post just yesterday (Tuesday) refused to rule out a Robins move for Joao before then.
At least two Championship clubs have failed with offers for Joao this summer, according to the Sun.
But the newspaper’s claim that the Portuguese was considering handing in a transfer request has since been played down by the Sheffield Wednesday interim manager Lee Bullen.
It was suggested that Wednesday had demanded £8m for Joao, who scored or made 12 goals from 18 league starts last season – an asking price that reportedly left the player feeling ‘overvalued’.
But if and when the Webster money is banked, it is possible that Bristol City will be more inclined to match that figure – especially with one of their other targets, Britt Assombalonga, likely to cost eight figures.
And given their abundance of options in Joao’s position already, not to mention the uncertainty surrounding the club’s financial situation, Sheffield Wednesday may secretly hope that they do.