One thing that clubs seem to have learned after last summer is that release clauses, no matter how ridiculously high, aren’t a definitive assurance of players being safe at a club.
Neymar’s transfer to PSG raised eyebrows, and was initially shrugged aside as fake news that was simply impossible before it went on and actually occurred.
Another team that got into the release clause game much before any other is Real Madrid. The Galacticos place ridiculously high release clauses on their players, particularly those that are brought in as youth talents.
In fact, such is their style, that eight Real Madrid players dominate the top 10 highest release clauses in football at the moment.
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Now, a development has allegedly arisen, wherein a player whose buyout clause is worth €700 million might be on the move.
As per Spanish outlet and outrageous newsmonger Don Balon, United are suddenly very desperate to land Isco in the coming summer. The club’s desire for the rising Spaniard allegedly stems from Paul Pogba’s disappointment in the recent weeks.
Despite winning the stage during the derby with his electric brace, the Frenchman wasn’t even a shadow of his previous self, and was subbed off just around the hour mark against West Brom on Sunday, when United’s defeat to the bottom-placed side in the league gifted the title to City.
In Isco, Mourinho might find a more able and consistent playmaker, and looking at statistics over the recent years, perhaps even a more reliable source of goals and assists than Pogba.
One problem stands in the way though, and that is the 25-year-old’s release clause, which is worth around €700 million. A challenging price tag, even for the Mancunian giants, who have garnered a reputation for spending in the post-SAF era.
The source adds that in order to sweeten the deal, United are willing to let David De Gea go to Madrid, in what will be a swap plus cash deal.
While it seems unlikely that United will give up De Gea, if their interest in Isco is indeed true, there seems little other way in which they can land the player without causing a massive dent in their coffers.