It has been widely speculated that there was a clause in the deal that took Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, which would see Arsenal receive an additional amount of money to the original transfer fee, should Barcelona win the Champions League this season.
The Camp Nou outfit rounded off a remarkable season last night, beating Juventus 3-1 in the Champions League final to clinch a historic treble.
The Independent have reported that Arsenal will receive an additional £3 million from Barcelona’s win, to go on top of the transfer fee already received, thought to be around £12-15 million, despite the Belgian international having only played one game the entire season, after missing the majority through a hamstring injury sustained in last summers World Cup.
However, other sources, including renowned Spanish newspaper, Marca, have reported that this clause has been negated and Barcelona are no longer required to make such a payment due to Vermaelen not playing a single minute of Champions League action all year.
Whether Arsenal receive this fee or not remains to be seen, and it may well be one for the lawyers to discuss.
What could have represented another very shrewd bit of business from Arsenal, might not have worked out as well as originally planned.
Thomas Vermaelen managed to lift the FA Cup as Arsenal club captain last year, despite not holding down a regular starting place all year with, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, Arsene Wenger’s preferred pairing.
The 29-year-old will now go down as a member of a historic treble winning squad, despite only playing an average of 21 minutes per winners medal he ‘won’.