German Fourth-Tier Club Rot-Weiß Essen To Receive $1M From Mesut Özil Transfer
The €50M ($66M) transfer of German int'l footballer Mesut Özil from Real Madrid to Arsenal "is generating income for German fourth-tier club Rot-Weiß Essen," according to the DPA. Due to the fact the RWE was Özil's apprenticeship club, it "will receive a high six-digit compensation." The club for which Özil played from '00-05 will receive a compensation payment of around €800,000 ($1.05M). RWE Exec Chair Michael Welling said, "We will calculate how high the transfer fee exactly is and then bill Arsenal FC" (DPA, 9/3).