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Report: Uth's transfer to Köln complicated by severance pay issue

By Peter Vice

Mark Uth's transfer to his hometown club of 1. FC Köln is apparently bogged down in a messy pay dispute. 

Mark Uth and Dayot Upamecano.
Mark Uth and Dayot Upamecano.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche

Local cathedral city newspaper Kölner Express published an article on Saturday offering some details on why the expected sale of attacker Mark Uth has not been finalized yet. According to the report, Uth hopes to collect a set amount of severance pay from the Königsblauen ahead of taking a significant paycut at his hometown club.

The paper notes that Uth is set to receive an annual salary of approximately €1.8 million. He would collect €3 million if he remained in the uniform of the Royal Blues. The 29-year-old seeks a €500,000 payment from the S04. New Schalke sporting director Rouven Schröder is said to be stringently opposed to this.

The Express also notes that Köln are having difficulty negotiating a final transfer fee. Given these circumstances, a deal may not be completed for some time.

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