Leaked documents surrounding the transfer of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid to Arsenal in 2013 show the 10-time Champions League winners have a buy-back clause which would prevent him moving to another La Liga side.
The details, published by Football Leaks, showed that if Arsenal were to receive an offer from another Spanish club they would have to inform Los Blancos, who would be able to match that offer and buy the German back ahead of anyone else – meaning he stays out of the hands of Barcelona.
The leak, which is yet to be verified and one which neither clubs has commented on, also showed the amount that the Gunners paid to land the German World Cup winner.
The FA Cup holders for the past two years paid 44 million euros to sign him. In addition the the fee, there are also clauses that trigger additional payments – including a Champions League qualification clause. Every time Arsenal qualify for Europe’s most prestigious club competition over the first six years of Ozil’s time in north London, they pay 760,000 euros. They have made two payments in two years so far.
Ozil has been in outstanding form for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, creating 16 assists in the Premier League as the Emirates Stadium outfit look to lift their first domestic title in 12 years.