By Chris Wright
The house that Barca built…sort of, anyway
As fathomed by those diligent folks over at the Metro, today’s stat of the day is that Barcelona, after shovelling Arsenal another £15million for Thomas Vermaelen yesterday, the La Liga giants have now paid (indirectly, of course) for a not inconsiderable 34.6% of the Gunners’ Emirates Stadium through transfer fees recouped.
Vermaelen’s move means that Barca have now paid Arsenal £135million in transfer fees for eight different players (The Verminator, Fabregas, Song, Hleb, Henry, Van Bronckhorst, Petit and Overmars) over recent years – which equates to exactly 34.6% of the £390million it cost the club to build the Emirates.
It’s all here in the Metro’s handy cut-out-and-keep pie chart…
Simplistic we know, but still – we think it’s safe to say that Arsenal fans owe Barca a big £135million thank-you!