Ahead of possibly another summer packed with transfers, it’s time to check out the five most ridiculous release clauses in football.
To ward off interest from rivals, clubs have resorted to slapping absurd release clauses in their players’ contract. It basically serves as a hands-off warning.
As Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona so wisely proved last summer, however, it’s not always bullet proof. Every now and then, clubs find a loophole for a cheaper deal and exploit it.
But that hasn’t stopped several European clubs from trying their luck by placing huge release clauses on their players. Sometimes it works, most times it doesn’t.
So here Ronaldo.com names the five most absurd buy-out clauses that currently exist in the world of football.
5. Tete (Shakhtar Donetsk) – €150m
The Brazilian winger is an exceptional talent and is understandably highly valued by Shakhtar, who signed him in February 2019 from Gremio for €15m.
The Ukrainian giants then slapped a €150m release clause on his four-year contract.
Tete has since ranked in 11 and 7 assists in 41 appearances for Shakhtar. He’s also already won a Ukrainian Premier League title and the Ukrainian Cup from last season.
4. Oriol Busquets (FC Barcelona) – €200m
The 21-year-old is a product of Barcelona’s famed youth system, and was on loan at Dutch club FC Twente this season.
Busquets had a decent spell starring as Twente’s defensive midfielder. He made 21 appearances to help the Tukkers finish above the relegation zone in their first season back in the Eredivisie.
Although chances of Busquets getting regular football at Barcelona are remote, having only made two first-team appearances. But unless the Catalans will drop his €200m release clause, Oriol probably won’t be leaving this summer.
Nonetheless, the player remains keen to fight for his Blaugrana future.
3. Martin Braithwaite (FC Barcelona) – €300m
Following injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona struck an agreement with La Liga to sign Braithwaite from Leganes in an €18m deal in February as cover for the absent duo.
The Dane signed a four-and-half-year contract with an insane €300m release clause as part of the agreement.
Braithwaite has since made seven appearances in all competitions for Barcelona and recently scored his first goal against Mallorca.
2. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – €700m
The 19-year-old winger is one of Real Madrid’s crown jewels and great hopes for the future. The Spanish giants, therefore, slapped a €700m release clause upon signing him from Flamengo in 2018.
After a promising debut campaign, Vinicius struggled somewhat earlier this season. Although he appears to have won favour with Zinedine Zidane to play a key role in the club’s bid for La Liga glory.
1. Brahim Diaz (Real Madrid) – €750m
Yes, Brahim Diaz is more expensive than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo!
The Spanish forward made a shock €17m transfer to Real Madrid in January 2019 from Manchester City. Things, however, went downhill quickly rather shockingly.
The 20-year-old has only made 19 appearances for Los Blancos, and yet can only leave for €750m. Should Brahim continue to get no opportunities, perhaps the club will loan him next season.