According to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Sebastien Squillaci’s nine minutes of Premier League playing time last season will cost Arsenal €250,000.
The Gunners must pay Sevilla, the Frenchman’s former club, the aforementioned figure after the Gunners third place finish in the league triggered a clause in the much-maligned centre-back’s contract.
Squillaci made a total of six appearance last term, including one cameo appearance in the league at Sunderland, and is fully expected to quit the Emirates this summer after an unhappy two year spell in London.
German newspaper Bild reported last week, that Bundesliga side Werder Bremen would also benefit from Arsenal’s qualification for Europe’s premiere competition with the deal for Per Mertesacker containing a similar clause.
In other news, Nicklas Bendtner has drafted in an extra representative to help him secure a move this summer.
Until recently, the Dane’s father, Thomas, took care of all his son’s contract negotiations, but his running of Nicklas’ burgeoning jewellery business (we’re not kidding you) is apparently taking up too much time.
As a consequence, Bendtner Jnr has entered into an informal agreement with Tom Brookes of sports management agency ISM – the only company brave enough to take on the challenge of marketing the greatest striker that ever lived.
Tom is due on a NASA flight to Mars later this year where he’ll look to tempt Zarg United of the Major Milkyway Soccer League to sign the Dane. He’s taking a couple of shiny broaches and a charm bracelet from Bendtner’s Autumn/Winter collection in the hope of wooing their alien ways.
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