GreatwesternlineHound not sure anyone (with any sense) said Hector makes it cheaper, just that we won't be paying much for him this season
what it maybe did mean, is by signing Joao it meant Sheff Weds could afford Hector, hence it might be money we wouldn't have got if Chelsea had held onto him and kept loaning him out until he became ooc
Whether we pay much in cash for him this season is not that relevant. Our owners have cash. The accounting which is what matters for FFP, not the cash flows, is unaffected by the timings of the payments for Joao. If its £5m, its £5m divided by number of years of his contract, each year. If we have agreed to pay less money in order to forego Hector sell on, then perhaps we have paid less, and we may have never got Hector sell on money if as you say chelsea never went on to sell him. That is an interesting way of looking at it, fair enough.
Amortisation is 5m divided by the number of years on his contract. FFP is worked out on what actually goes through the books in any given year, is it not?
So whilst we will show a 5m asset on our books and his value going down 1m a year over 5 years (for example) but the payment schedule will effect FFP. So this year we have an 800k cost going out, in next years than maybe 2m - depends on the schedule we've agreed.
If it wasn't done on actual money going out/coming in via fees then that would lead to some amazing accounting skills to lower the prices of players in the book.
Happy to be corrected here if my understanding is wrong.