Once hailed as the second coming of Zinedine Zidane, things didn’t quite turn out the way anybody would’ve hoped for Adel Taarabt at Spurs.
That is, except Arsenal fans, who certainly had a laugh at their rivals’ expense hearing Taarabt say he wished he’d signed with the Gunners instead in retrospect.
At any rate, Tottenham’s books were finally rid of the renowned troublemaker in August 2010 after multiple loan spells at QPR and plenty of damning press.
For their trouble, Spurs reportedly received just £1m for the talented, yet wayward, youngster - losing upwards of £3m on their initial investment.
But, the club hierarchy at White Hart Lane were able to insert a 40% sell-on clause into the deal.
And as Taarabt is now flourishing on loan with AC Milan four years later, it looks certain the Rossoneri will take up their option to buy from QPR at the end of the season - funneling funds into Spurs’ coffers.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, however, it doesn’t seem the club’s bank balance will receive that much of a boost.
Agent Vincenzo Morabito said to fantagazzetta.com: “Milan will take up their option and there is already a deal between the two clubs to sign him at the end of the season for a reasonable, symbolic price.
“It won’t be any more than €3m or €4m. It would mean something extraordinary if that didn’t happen.”
A few quick calculations later, we find that Spurs are looking at receiving £1.3m maximum for Taarabt to stay at San Siro permanently.
Perhaps they were hoping for a bit more down the line at a hefty 40%. Yet at this point, getting anything at all from the sale of a player long gone should be welcome.
And Spurs aren’t exactly in desperate need of a massive cash injection after flogging off Gareth Bale for £85m last summer.
Taarabt never panned out quite like Bale did - but Spurs will be happy enough to let the Welshman’s record fee cover the difference for his former team-mate.