Saturday 10 December 2016

LEAKED! Real Madrid inserted 'anti-Barcelona' clause into Angel di Maria's Man United deal

Published 19/02/2016 | 16:05

Angel Di Maria admits he struggled with life at Manchester United
Angel Di Maria admits he struggled with life at Manchester United

Real Madrid inserted a punitive 'anti-Barcelona' clause into the contract which took Angel di Maria to Manchester United, according to documents leaked today.

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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.

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