Top Five Footballers With Relatively Low Release Clauses

Here is a list of five top players who possess low release clauses in their contract, and thus can be the probable transfer targets this January and beyond.

Top Five Footballers With Relatively Low Release Clauses

Sergio Rico

(Age:23, Position: Goalkeeper,Nationality: Spain, Release Clause: £ 35.5 millions)

Sergio Rico who plays for Spanish side Sevilla is considered as one of the best young goalkeepers in world football at the moment. The 23-year who is a product of Sevilla’s youth system has won two Europa League titles with Sevilla. Rico earned his first Spain cap last June.

Although Sergio Rico put pen to paper to a two-year extension to his current contract with Sevilla which keeps him at the club till 2021, Sergio Rico’s buy-out clause reportedly is € 40 million. This amount is a lot of money for a goalie, however, for Sergio Rico’s quality in today’s inflated market, the amount seems entirely justified.

With clubs like Liverpool and Real Madrid linked with the 23-year old, Rico’s release clause might be triggered this January or in the summer.

Kevin Strootman

(Age:27, Position: Central Midfielder, Nationality: Netherlands, Release Clause: £ 40 millions)

Kevin Strootman is one of the highly rated midfielders in Europe. The 27-year old Dutchman plays for AS Roma and has a contract that keeps him at the club till 2022. Strootman who was heavily linked to move away from Roma last January signed the new contract in the summer. However, his release clause is £ 40 million and in today’s market, that sum for a player like Strootman would be considered a bargain.

Strootman who has been capped 39 times for the Netherlands, has been playing for Roma since 2013. The Dutchman was linked with a move to the Premier League two summers ago. He has been absent from any transfer rumors in recent times. Nevertheless, if any top teams in Europe want to lure Strootman away from Roma shortly, Forty million pounds would be enough to stop Roma from having any control over the transfer.

Sergi Roberto

(Age:25, Position: Midfield/ Full-back, Nationality: Spain, Release Clause: £ 35.5 millions)

Sergi Roberto is a modern-day utility player who can play in many positions in the field. Roberto is not always as an automatic starter for Barcelona, but he plays in many positions according to the requirements of his manager and the team. The 25-year old, who came through the youth ranks at Barcelona, is considered one of the significant members of the squad.

At the moment, Sergi Roberto’s buyout clause is € 40 million. The Catalan side are aware of the situation and are not happy with Roberto’s current buyout clause. Barcelona are trying to negotiate a new contract with the player which will increase the Spaniard’s release clause to a massive € 300 million, which would give Barcelona the control over the future potential transfer of the player. However, the contract is no closer to getting finalized due to Roberto’s wage demands.

There have been speculations over Roberto’s future at Barcelona. There also have been rumors in recent times about some English clubs keeping close tabs on him. Therefore, it will not be a surprise if we see Sergi Roberto’s buyout clause being triggered in the January transfer window or the summer.

Samuel Umtiti

(Age: 24, Position: Central Defender, Nationality: France, Release Clause: £ 54 millions)

Barcelona and France defender Samuel Umtiti is one of the most highly rated centre-backs in the world. Umtiti, 24, is one of the most important members of Valverde’s Barcelona squad. The Frenchman who is at Barcelona since his £ 21 million move from Lyon in 2016, earns £ 52,000 weekly according to his current contract.

Ever since Liverpool signed Virgil Van Dijk for a transfer fee of £ 75 million, Valverde has been keen to sign a contract extension with the French defender. There are reports about both Manchester clubs being interested in Umtiti. Barcelona fear the £ 54 million release clause might not be enough to ward off the big spenders from Manchester.

Pep Guardiola who has already spent £ 50 million for a defender on two occasions, is looking to strengthen his squad and so is United boss Jose Mourinho. Samuel Umtiti is one of the best defenders in La Liga and will be a great addition to any squad in Europe. If any of the Manchester clubs convince Umtiti to leave Barcelona, they would happily pay the £ 54 million release clause.

Dries Mertens

(Age: 30, Position: Forward, Nationality: Belgium, Release Clause: £ 25 million)

Dries Mertens plays as a winger or striker for Napoli in the Italian Serie A. The Belgian has been one of the top players in the Italian top division in recent times. Mertens scored 28 goals in the Serie A last season and has already scored ten goals in 19 games in the league this season. Mertens, though one of the top players in the league, has a buyout clause of just £ 25 million.

Mertens who has scored 13 goals in 60 appearances for Belgium, has been linked with Premier League clubs in recent times. Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with the Belgian international.

One would argue £ 25 million is practically nothing for an attacking player in the current market. Mertens because of his release clause might be very high on the list of targets for many top European clubs. One would not be surprised if any of these clubs trigger the £ 25 million clause and lure Mertens away from Napoli in this January transfer window.

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