Journalist Pol Ballus, while writing in his column for The Athletic, has confirmed that although Manchester City forward Erling Haaland has a release clause in his contract. He has also specified that it is not particularly restricted to just Real Madrid or FC Barcelona.
Reports in Spain have been doing rounds that Haaland, who has already racked up 20 goals and three assists in 13 competitions across all competitions, has a termination clause worth €200 million in his current contract that could only be triggered in the summer of 2024.
Interestingly enough, while initial reports suggested that the terms are favourable towards Real Madrid, it is now being claimed that the clause is open for all clubs outside England.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had denied that there is no exit clause in the striker’s contract. “It’s not true — he has no release clause for Real Madrid or any other team,” said Guardiola earlier this month. “It’s not true. What else can I say?”
While in reality it is true, the stipulation does exist but it will only come into effect in 2024. If any club wishes to acquire his services, they will have to pay €200 million and the valuation will keep on decreasing as his current five-year deal with City nears its end.
With the clause being not valid for Premier League clubs, teams like Chelsea and Manchester United, who have held an interest in Haaland in the past, would be no longer in contention to sign him up.
In any way, it must be noted that the mentioned €200 million release clause will be a mere formality as the team, wishing to acquire him, will have to pay much more than that. The variables in question at that time would be additional bonuses and agent fees.
While the initial amount paid by the Premier League club to Borussia Dortmund for Erling Haaland was only €60 million, the valuation rose to more than €96 million after including all the commissions.
So for any team wishing to get him in 2024, it is going to take much more than €200 million.
Lastly, his salary will also be something to take note of. Currently the highest earner in the City ranks, the Norwegian’s contract sees him pocketing more than €420,000 a week and the figure could only increase if a big-money move to La Liga materializes.
For now, City are preparing themselves for someone to knock on their doors in 2024, and among the most likely teams are Real Madrid and Barcelona given that their superstar forwards, Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski, are in the twilight of their respective careers.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.