Maybe the 3 year deal was a bit of forward thinking in terms of selling on? See if a championship side will take him off our hands for half a mil.A free transfer, cheap wages, decent age - we’ll sell in the summer for a few million, all profit.
Not sure if we would get that money based on appearances but I can see the logic.
Bigger issues with the financial commitment to Klassen (£90k) and Sandro (£120k). We could easily be contributing to their wages long after they’ve left, if fortunes don’t change.