Sunderland look set for £600,000 budget boost - here's why the Black Cats are close to a windfall

Jordan Pickford's heroics could help provide a budget boost
Jordan Pickford's heroics could help provide a budget boost

Sunderland look set for a World Cup windfall of more than £610,000 – thanks to a FIFA scheme designed to reward clubs.

The FIFA World Cup Club Benefits Programme sees clubs financially rewarded for their players' involvement in the tournament.

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Payments are made for ex-players as well as current ones in a policy that could have substantial benefits for the Black Cats.

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And Sunderland look set to pocket over £610,000 from the programme - with that figure only set to rise.

Clubs are paid a set fee of $8350 per player, per day during their involvement in the World Cup - which works out at just shy of £6500.

Payments begin 14 days before the opening ceremony and end on the day immediately following a team's elimination from the tournament.

For players currently registered with a club - and who have been since 2016 - a full payment is made to their current employer.

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That means that Sunderland will pocket six-figure sums thanks to Wahbi Khazri and Bryan Oviedo's participation in the tournament.

Together, the duo have earned Sunderland upwards of £350,000 - despite exiting the tournament during the group stages.

For former players, the process is slightly more complicated with Sunderland only entitled to a percentage of their money dependent on when they departed the club.

But the Black Cats will still receive a third of the fees owing to former players Jordan Pickford, Sebastian Larsson and Sebastian Coates.

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Each of the trio have already earned the Wearsiders over £80,000 each - and that amount will only rise as their teams remain in the tournament.

All three players have qualified for the Quarter Finals, further progress in the tournament could see Sunderland receive almost £100,000 per player.

And with one of Pickford and Larsson guaranteed to progress to the last-four, further financial gain is inevitable.

Should one of the trio reach the final, then Sunderland could earn £99,500 from that player alone.

Such finances will no doubt be a boost to the club's new owners - although it is not known when the money will come Sunderland's way.