Similarly to Gareth Bale, Football Leaks website reveals Ozil contract details

The Football Leaks website has challenged the opaque nature of the game recently. The website has created controversy recently, most notably revealing the details of Gareth Bale’s contract – much to the annoyance of Bale’s agent.

However the website has struck once again – this time revealing the contract nature of Arsenal and Germany star, Mesut Ozil.

According to The Telegraph, the transfer document reveals that Real Madrid negotiated a buy-back option from Arsenal for Ozil on a deal that was indeed worth €50 million (£42m).

In a similar vein to former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas’ contract at Barcelona, the North London club too inserted a first-option clause. However Arsene Wenger failed to take up this option and Fabregas was sold to London rivals Chelsea.

A surprising difference is that the clause allows Madrid a 48-hour first option on Ozil should Arsenal agree a sale for him to another Spanish club.

However this clause is not applicable should Arsenal decide to sell Ozil elsewhere in the world. If Arsenal were to agree a sale to a German club for example – Real Madrid would be obligated to match that transfer fee.

Below is a breakdown of the transfer fee according to The Telegraph:

  • €24 million payment that was completed on Sept 2, 2013
  • €15 million was then payable on Sept 30, 2014
  • €5 million on 30 Sept, 2015
  • €6 million fee split over six years from July 1, 2014 subject to Champions League group qualification.
  • Real Madrid will receive a 33% sell-on fee should Ozil be sold to another Spanish club for €50 million or more

The contract also contained a confidentiality clause – however with Football Leaks website revealing the contract details of Ozil and other high profile names, such as Anthony Martial – this could cause alarm bells for the games authorities.