LEAKED: Real Madrid Included anti-Barcelona Clause In Di Maria's Manchester United Contract
The Argentine was effectively prevented from joining Barcelona for the entirety of his agreed contract, with the Red Devils having stood to pay a significant ‘fine’
Angel Di Maria’s contract agreement between Real Madrid and Manchester United has been revealed by whistle-blowing website Football Leaks, with the Spanish side having included an anti-Barcelona clause.
The Bernabeu club stood to inherit €1 million should United reach the Champions League with the Argentine in their ranks, a further €5m if the player finished in the Ballon d’Or’s top three and an additional €5m if he won the coveted prize.
More interestingly, however, are the sell-on clauses included in the contract, with the Red Devils having stood to lose a significant sum if Di Maria was sold to Barcelona.
Selling the player to any Liga side excluding Barcelona would have cost United €50m before the summer 2015, €40m before the summer of 2016, or €30m before the summer of 2017, with no further penalty compensation required afterwards.
Regarding Barcelona, however, the €30m ‘fine’ would have remained active from the conclusion of summer 2017 until the end of the attacker’s contract to prevent the Premier League side strengthening Madrid’s main rivals.