Lazio striker Mauro Zarate has paid Al-Sadd €20m in order to wriggle free from the Qatar-based club and join Lazio, according to Goal.com Arabic.
The report suggests the player dug deep in order to fund his own switch to the Roman side after both Lazio and Al-Sadd failed to reach a deal that they could agree on by the June 10 deadline.
It is said Zarate used a clause in his contract which allowed him to buy his rights from the club for €20m so he could become a free agent and join the Romans on a permanent basis. Al-Sadd confirmed they had received money from Zarate on their official website on Wednesday night.
"After both Lazio and Al-Sadd failed to agree a fee for Zarate, the player paid €20m to the club in order to become a free agent."
Lazio have not made any official comment on the deal just yet. But a number of reports suggest Lazio president Claudio Lotito gave Zarate the €20m in order to break free from his deal.