Last week Football Leaks lifted the lid on the Gareth Bale and Anthony Martial transfers and this morning they have leaked the Mesut Ozil contract when he moved from Real Madrid to Arsenal in August 2013.
A clause inserted in this deal stipulates that Real have a right of first refusal for 48 hours in the event that Arsenal receive an offer for the midfielder from another Spanish club, effectively preventing Barcelona from snapping up the former Bernabéu favorite.
The document also shows that the total cost of Arsenal’s deal for Ozil could reach €50m. A total of €24m was paid by Arsenal on September 2 2013 (when he signed), €15m was paid a year later and a further €5m was paid a year after that.
Arsenal also had to pay the applicable VAT on top of those sums. In addition, from July 1 2014 onwards, the Gunners agreed to pay another €1m for every season they qualified for the Champions League up until 2020.
What’s more, if the Gunners were to sell on the Germany international for more than what they bought him for (€50m), they would have to give Real Madrid 33% of the profit made on him. According to the paperwork divulged, Arsenal agreed to stump up an initial fee of 44m for Özil plus up to 6m in bonuses – 1m per season in which he helps them qualify for the Champions League over a maximum of six years.