Neymar looks set to leave Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain, in a deal reportedly worth £198.5m.
— The Independent (@Independent) August 2, 2017
According to the Express, Barcelona could reinvest a portion of the money on Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil. The Catalans have signed a number of Arsenal players in the past, how many Gunners have Barca signed for less money than Neymar’s release clause?
Arsenal to Barcelona transfers
- Emmanuel Petit – joined Barcelona for £12.75m in 2000/01
- Marc Overmars – joined Barcelona for £34m in 2000/01
- Thierry Henry – joined Barcelona for £20.4m in 2007/08
- Aleksandr Hleb – joined Barcelona for £14.5m in 2008/09
- Cesc Fabregas – joined Barcelona for £28.9m in 2011/12
- Alex Song – joined Barcelona for £16m in 2012/13
- Thomas Vermaelen – joined Barcelona for £16m in 2014/15
Total = £143.55m [transfermarkt]
Every player Barcelona have signed from Arsenal could have been acquired with the money they’re received from Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar, plus £54.95m in change. Quite staggering.
According to Transfermarkt, World Cup-winning midfielder Emmanuel Petit was the first Arsenal star to make the switch to the Nou Camp. Dutch centre-back Thomas Vermaelen was the last.