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Was just chatting about him there and we couldn't remember how much he cost.
But he cost nothing? Fuck me that's a hell of a deal.
He moved from Barca's youth team before he had signed a professional contract so hence all Barca got was a pittance in compensation. It's how they also got Fran Merida.
Man U have signed several players this way as well such as Giuseppe Rossi and that Macheda guy.
and I think this is how one of the Arsenal are nabbing the wonderkid we have, Jack Sampson :(
F*cking Kyle Bartley all over again.
The Child Catcher did what he does best...
Wenger must be in profit for players bought and sold!
in compensation plus knocking a bit off the price of Van Bronckhorst, so maybe all told maybe 2 or 3 million. This was to stop the thing going to the sort of tribunal that later made us shell out for Merida.
Hell of a deal however much it ended up being and certainly a damn sight less than we can expect to receive when he heads back in a couple of years time.
pretty certain it's completely against employment law though. You can't put in measures that restrict people from hiring someone who isn't under contract. English clubs just benefit from being able to offer contracts a year earlier than most other European countries. Untill that's changed there's not a lot can be done.
I mean, clubs can ask for a sell on clause to be included in the agreement, though this isn't extended to youth players. Unfair or no?