Pompey boss Harry Redknapp raided relegated Leicester City with a pounds 100,000 bid for the left-back which activated an escape clause
in Thatcher's contract.
The two Spaniards reluctantly agreed to stay, but only on condition they each had an escape clause
written into their contracts.
Fabregas, 19, has agreed a 'sliding scale' contract, which will start off at pounds 40,000 a week - with no escape clauses
Those who covered up for these monsters, and sometimes even provided them with escape clauses
, should also face the full rigours of the law.
Fabregas has agreed a "sliding scale" contract which will start off at pounds 40,000-a-week with no escape clauses
O'Neill will take backroom staff John Robertson and Steve Walford to Celtic Park but neither have escape clauses
and a deal will have to be negotiated with Leicester.
Owen hasn't even played for them yet and he's still negotiated 5,672 escape clauses
They had moneyspinning escape clauses
written into contracts.
And Ferdinand stressed: "There are no escape clauses
, nothing to say that if another club comes in and bids a certain amount of money I must talk to them.
The Scottish side have played it strictly by the book even though O'Neill has an escape clause
in his contract.