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Defender Helped Finance Barca Move

  • ESPN FC, Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:16 PM

Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu on Monday confirmed that he paid three million euros out of his own pocket to force a move from Valencia to the Catalan giant. The 30-year-old signed a four-year contract over the summer in a transfer that was worth 20 million euros ($25.2 million) to his former club. However, Barca was only willing to pay 17 million euros ($21.5 million), prompting the Frenchman to make up the difference. According to ESPN, the former Toulouse player joins Javier Mascherano and Cesc Fabregas in having helped finance their moves to Barca from their previous clubs.

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