Ex-Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe is suing former side AFC Bournemouth over an alleged dispute surrounding image-rights payments.
Bournemouth have reportedly informed Ibe they will not pay him the funds until they are certain it does not breach HMRC regulations.
Ibe became Bournemouth’s record signing when he arrived from Anfield for a fee of £16m in 2016, his contract containing a clause that was rarely given to other players at the club.
The wide forward was granted payments on top of his four-year deal that were linked to his commercial appeal, such as additional shirt sales.
However, Ibe is claiming to have never received those payments from the final 12-months of his contract after he was disciplined over a number of off-field incidents as well as being handed a driving ban.
As reports The Telegraph, Bournemouth are thought to have told Ibe that they are unable to release the extra funds associated with the final year of his deal.
Ibe, 26, has taken issue with the fact that his former side are now stating how his conduct away from the pitch suggested he no longer had commercial appeal.
The player has been without a club since his Derby County contract was terminated by mutual consent at the end of the 2020/21 season having featured in just one game for the Rams.
The wide forward broke his leg a fortnight after being released by Derby and proceeded to train alone in a bid to boost fitness.
Ibe’s representatives had held discussions with those at Bournemouth over the dispute, before communication broke down around half a year ago sparking the player’s management company to file a civil claim to the High Court.
As of Tuesday, January 4, a listing filed Choongadunga Limited versus AFC Bournemouth appeared on the HM Courts and Tribunals online database for the first time.
Both Ibe and his advisor Michael Carnegie feature on the list of Choongadunga’s directors.
Ibe is thought to be one of just two players in Bournemouth’s history to be permitted an image-rights deal despite the fact it is increasingly common with transfers in the Premier League.
After a positive start at the Vitality, Ibe’s Bournemouth career deteriorated in 2019 when he failed to stop at the scene after crashing his Bentley into a coffee shop in Bromley.
Bournemouth have also previously disciplined him for arriving at training in an unfit state.
He was convicted of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic accident the following year and informed fans he had undergone rehabilitation to improve his mental state after “making poor judgements”.
Mirror Football have contacted AFC Bournemouth for comment.