Arsenal reportedly paid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a lump sum of around £7million to terminate his £350,000-a-week Gunners contract and facilitate his move to Barcelona.
Barca finally confirmed the deal on Wednesday, with Aubameyang signing a three-year contract with an 18-month break clause – and a buy-out clause set at £83.4m (€100m).
The 32-year-old striker left Arsenal on a free transfer and is believed to have taken a pay cut to join the Catalan giants, and he has already been registered with LaLiga ahead of a formal presentation expected to take place later today.
In a manner similar to Mesut Ozil previously, Arsenal have again ripped up the contract of their top earner, with The Times saying it cost the north London club nearly 7 million pounds to do this time.
When German World Cup winner Ozil left for Fenerbahce last January his Gunners contract – which was also worth £350,000 per week – was torn up, yet the Premier League side paid 90 per cent of Ozil’s wages until the summer, meaning they forked out around £7.38m.
Arsenal have also terminated the deals of high earners such as Willian, Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi in recent years.
Willian rather generously tore up his contract without asking for a pay-off when he joined Brazilian side Corinthians last summer, saving Arsenal a staggering £20.5m as he had two years left on his £240,000-a-week contract.
Kolasinac’s contract was also terminated last month as he joined Marseille on a free transfer, while Mustafi left the Gunners last January for Schalke after his £90,000-a-week deal was also ripped up.
The Times report also details that Aubameyang’s contract at the Nou Camp could improve over the summer should he succeed over the rest of this season.
Aubameyang, who was made Arsenal club captain last season after signing a new mega-deal in September 2020, fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta after a number of disciplinary issues.