Arsenal might have turned down a chance to resign their former captain, but the North London club trousered £5.6million from Cesc Fabregas £30m move to Chelsea on Thursday.
The 27-year-old Spain midfielder signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge from Barcelona worth £150,000 per week, and he is due to link up with former foe Jose Mourinho after the World Cup.
Allsoccerplanet understands in addition to the buy-back clause in Fabregas’ contract when he left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011, the Gunners were also believed to have struck a deal entitling them to 50% of the profit from his next move.
Also, the payment made to Arsenal in relation to Fabregas’ move to Chelsea will come from the acceleration of all performance clauses, just like the original deal that orchestrated his move to Catalonia.
Arsenal secured a first-option buy-back clause as part of the £35million deal which saw Fabregas return to Barca.
Fabregas came through the ranks at Arsenal, and went on to captain the side before returning to boyhood club
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had considered taking up the option once it became clear Barca were looking to sell the midfielder, but with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain already at the club, the Frenchman decided his squad did not need another creative midfielder.
The windfall however, will boost the Gunners’ £100million transfer budget as they attempt to finalise a deal to bring in Mario Balotelli from AC Milan.