LEAKED! Real Madrid inserted 'anti-Barcelona' clause into Angel di Maria's Man United deal
Published 19/02/2016 | 16:05
Real Madrid inserted a punitive 'anti-Barcelona' clause into the contract which took Angel di Maria to Manchester United, according to documents leaked today.
The website Football Leaks has published the documents relating to Di Maria's move to Old Trafford in August 2014.
According to the paperwork, United would have to pay Real €50million if they sold Di Maria to Barcelona before the end of the summer transfer window in 2015.
There was also a penalty of €40million imposed on United if they decided to sell Di Maria to the Catalans before the end of the summer 2016 transfer window, and one of €30million if Di Maria was sold to Barca before the end of his United contract.
The penalties even applied if United sold him to a non-Spanish rival, who then in turn transferred Di Maria to a Spanish club other than Real Madrid.
The clauses underline the depth of hostility between Real and Barcelona, and give a taste of the obstacles placed on major transfers between world football's biggest clubs.
The contract confirms that the transfer fee came to €75million, payable in three equal instalments: one within 10 days of the contract being signed, another on or before Aug 5, 2015, and a third on or before Aug 5, 2016.
Additional payments of €1million would be made to Real every time United qualified for the Champions League group stage, together with a payment of €5million if Di Maria was nominated in the top three of the Fifa Ballon d'Or.
Di Maria was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £44,4million in the summer of 2015 after a disastrous spell at Old Trafford.
The Argentina international scored three times in 27 games as he struggled to find a regular spot in Louis van Gaal's first team, being deployed in a variety of different positions.
He also endured off-field difficulties, including a burglary at his Cheshire home, and duly signed a four-year contract at PSG in August 2015, becoming known as one of Louis van Gaal's worst signings.
Di Maria has returned to form in France, and was impressive in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday, setting up Edinson Cavani's goal with a chipped through-ball.