Vermalen’s Barcelona clause could boost summer transfer coffers

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Via our pals at Sport Witness comes news that the Catalan press are once more vexed with Arsenal over financial matters.

Still fuming over the fact they paid £15m for Alex Song and £13m for Alex Hleb (amongst others), a clause in the contract of Thomas Vermaelen means that if Barcelona win the Champions League, they’ll owe the Gunners another €4m.

These ‘extras’ are par for the course in most deals these days, clauses that require additional payments after a certain number of appearances or based on the success of the new club, but this one could be triggered without the former skipper making a single appearance for his new club.

He’s been sidelined all season with a serious hamstring problem and although he was on the bench for the first leg against Bayern Munich, still has yet to make his competitive debut for Barcelona.

So, if they beat Juventus in the final, we’ll have a few extra bob to play around with – insert your own joke here about Kroenke taking the money to pay for a wig/not using it till Deadline Day/or how €4m in the bank won’t score you any goals.

It’s still funny how much money we’ve made from them, and how angry they get about it, as the 2014 headline below shows.

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“Barcelona have already paid for one-third of Arsenal’s new stadium” – haha, thanks chumps

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