According to reports in The Telegraph, Arsenal could miss out on the sell-on bonus if Barcelona agree on lower fee for Cesc Fabregas’s move to Chelsea. Part of the midfielder’s transfer from Arsenal to Barcelona supposedly included a 50% sell on bonus if Barcelona were to sell him. However the benchmark for that clause to be activated is £30 million and the rumors are that Barca and Chelsea have agreed on a £27 million deal.
Keeping the figure for Fabregas below £30 million is good business for Barcelona as they get to recoup much of the money they invested in the player without having to pay Arsenal as well.
An excerpt from The Telegraph on Cesc Fabregas:
Although Arsenal have so far passed up the opportunity to re-sign Fabregas, they are due around 50 per cent of any profit Barcelona make on the Spaniard. Chelsea have opened negotiations with Barcelona over signing Fabregas, but would prefer not to end up effectively paying their Premier League rivals Arsenal a percentage of the fee.
Fabregas signed for Barcelona in a complicated deal in 2011 through which the Spanish club paid Arsenal an initial £25.4 million, with the player contributing to the Gunners £880,000 each year of his contract. A further clause that Arsenal would receive £4.4 million if Barcelona win two La Liga titles and one Champions League title over the first five years of Fabregas’s return has not been triggered.
Source: The Telegraph
Paying £27 million to a Champions League rival for a world class midfielder is one thing but there should be no reason Chelsea should pay Arsenal as well. Fabregas is having trouble fitting in to the Barcelona system and the rumors of his exit have swirled for a few years now. Selling him to Chelsea at less than the bonus benchmark is in the best interests of both parties and hopefully will not lead to any roadblocks in getting the deal done.
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