Arsenal will earn nearly €4million from the sale of Thomas Vermaelen if Barcelona win the Champions League.
And that’s despite the Belgian defender failing to make one single appearance for the Catalan giants since signing in the summer for £15million.
Vermaelen has suffered a season-long absence from football after tearing his hamstring with Belgium at the World Cup in Brazil.
He only made 20 starts in his final campaign with Arsenal and represented good business when sold to Barca given he had been displaced at the centre of the Gunners defence by Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
But now it looks like an even better deal for Arsenal after Spanish daily newspaper Sport confirmed Barca will pay an extra €3.8million if they go on to win the Champions League due to a clause in his move.
Rik Sharma of Sport wrote:
In the deal that took Vermaelen to the Camp Nou from The Gunners, there was a clause that said if Barcelona won the Champions League, they would have to pay Arsenal €3.8 million.
Vermaelen’s transfer cost Barcelona €10m, with an additional €5m in performance related bonuses – and the extra €3.8m for winning the European Cup.
Vermaelen could feature for Barca between now and the end of the season after returning to take a place on the bench in their first-leg clash with Bayern Munich.