According to Spanish paper Marca, contrary to earlier reports, Barcelona will not have to pay Arsenal an extra €4 million as part of the deal to sign Thomas Vermaelen if they win the Champions League.
The Belgian international traded the Gunners for Barcelona last summer in a deal which saw the North Londoners surprisingly pocket £15 million for the rather injury-prone defender.
Aside from the initial sum, reports surfaced in the past few days claiming that the Gunners were to receive an extra €4m on the basis that the Catalans win the Champions League, as per the Telegraph.
As Luis Enrique’s side dispatched Bayern Munich over two legs to book their ticket to the final, one could only suggest it would be in the Gunners’ best interest for Barca to complete the job when the face Juventus in Berlin on June 6.
However, a fresh twist in the deal has emerged as Marca now report that while such a clause is in place, it won’t come into effect due to the centre-back’s lack of appearances.
“It’s certain that a clause exists where if Barca become CL champions they must pay Arsenal. However, it only comes in to effect if the player has made a certain number of appearances,” the report states.
Vermaelen has yet to make his debut for Luis Enrique’s side, spending much of the campaign nursing a long-term injury, although he is now deemed fit to play.
Nevertheless, with fellow centre-backs Gerard Pique, Jeremy Mathieu, Javier Mascherano and Marc Bartra doing a good job, it’s tough to see the former Ajax man being involved until next season.