Juan Onieva criticises decision to sell Ozil and Higuain this summer.
Real Madrid’s decision to sell Mesut Ozil and Gonzalo Higuain this summer was a ‘disaster’ according to the club’s former finance director Juan Onieva.
Los Blancos allowed Higuain to join Napoli for £32m in July, before Ozil’s £40.3m deadline day transfer to Arsenal.
The La Liga giants signed Tottenham’s Gareth Bale in a world record £85.4m deal but Onieva, who worked at the Santiago Bernabeu until Lorenzo Sanz’s presidential election defeat to Florentino Perez in 2000, says the sales were a disaster in sporting terms.
When asked if Ozil was sold to balance the books following Bale’s arrival, Onieva told AS:
“More than that I think it was to have an accounting profit for next season and to give Isco a free run, because the fans prefer him. Just like he’s [Perez] given Benzema a free run by getting rid of Higuaín. The sporting side is a disaster.”