Less than three seasons ago, when release clauses started reaching the triple digit mark followed by the word ‘million’, few eyebrows were raised, but not many really believed that those tremendously high amounts would ever be met. However, after PSG’s activation of Neymar’s €222m release clause, those price tags don’t seem that absurd.
And now, as per AS, Real Madrid forward Isco has signed a new five-year deal with the club. A clause in the new contract which the 25-year old signed stipulates that if a club has to pry him away from the Spanish giants, they will have to activate his buyout clause worth a whopping €700 million.
Buyout clauses are a common ploy employed by clubs that wish to pen down talent for the longer run. In Spain, Barcelona, Real Madrid, as well as Atletico Madrid, are all notorious for having enormous release clause tags on their players.
The Spanish attacking midfielder has been an integral part of Los Blancos ever since his arrival from Malaga back in 2013. Last season, in particular, he was used increasingly by manager Zinedine Zidane, in order to compensate for the injury woes of the Welshman, Gareth Bale.
The creative midfielder’s most recent contribution was netting the winning goal in Real Madrid’s 2-1 triumph over Man Utd, which saw them lift the UEFA Super Cup yet again.
Moreover, the youngster has been repeatedly singled out to be Spain’s next big talent on the international stage. Having scored 49 goals and provided 42 assists so far, he looks well on track to pursue further glory for club and country.
However, with money laden clubs like PSG constantly on the lookout to activate release clauses, it will be interested to see if this astounding amount is met by any team in order to secure his services.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.