The Blues have ensured their rivals make no more on their former captain.
Chelsea have completed the signing of Cesc Fabregas from FC Barcelona and will doubly disappoint Arsenal fans with a sneaky move to cut the club out of any money.
Respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague reports that the Blues paid €33m (£26.5m) for the Spain international, as opposed to the £30m that was initially being quoted.
Even though Barcelona have not said it, the deal is 33 million euros plus variables.
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 12, 2014
This is because if Barca had received anymore than £27m for the midfielder then they would have been entitled to pay half of the profit to the Gunners, reports the Independent.
When the North Londoners sold their captain back to Barca in 2011 it was for an initial £25.4m, with added fees depending on how Fabregas played for the Catalans.
One of the clauses was that Arsene Wenger’s side would receive 50% of any profit the Spanish giants made on a future sale of the 27-year-old.
With the add-ons that the Gunners had already received for Fabregas their fee for the Spaniard stood at around £27m – so their West London rivals have ensured that slightly less than that was paid.
It’s something of a double blow for the North London outfit as they have already missed out on £4.4m from the deal by virtue of the fact the midfield ace did not win enough trophies at the Nou Camp – which they would have receieved after two La Liga titles and a Champions League triumph.
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