Football’s tempting release clauses – Erling Haaland, Timo Werner and more

Everyone loves a bargain, a cheap pair of jeans, a yellow stickered 39p sandwich.

Despite their excessive budgets, football clubs are no different, with transfer chiefs and scouts always on the look out for the next, best young talent they can steal away from a rival.

Release clauses can sometimes be set to avoid clubs pinching players, but often they result in the exact opposite outcome, with smaller clubs seeing their most prized assets snatched away by the bigger sides.

So here Starsport looks at some absolute steals that could be secured this summer based on some outrageously low release clauses.

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Timo Werner

Liverpool’s no. 1 target this summer will prove to be the bargain of the transfer window, if reports surrounding Werner’s release clause are to be believed.

German outlet Sport1 claim that previous rumours of his release clause are in fact false, with the actual number closer to half of the £50m being reported.

So with the RB Leipzig striker describing it as a “pleasure” to be linked with the Reds, they would be fools not to swoop for the 23-year-old at just £25m.

Lorenzo Pellegrini

Italian midfielder Pellegrini has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Tottenham in the past, as well as Roma’s Serie A rivals Juventus.

And the trio of European giants could snap him up for as cheap as £25m, according to past reports in Italy.

Roma have been desperate for Pellegrini to sign a new deal for nearly a year to they can up his release clause significantly, according to CalcioMercato.

But the 23-year-old is yet to put pen to paper, meaning he could be in the bargain bucket this summer.

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Jack Grealish

He could save Aston Villa from relegation only to be sold in the summer, with Grealish understood to available for as little as £45m.

It’s thought the Midlands club are under pressure in the Financial FairPlay department, and selling their club captain could be the easy way out of a sticky situation.

But having stuck by his boyhood club for three seasons in the Championship before, nobody could blame Grealish for jumping ship this time if they go down.

Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund may have only just been signed Europe’s most in-form striker for a ridiculously low release clause of £17m from RB Salzburg.

But his agent Mino Raiola has once again worked wonders to insert another outrageously cheap clause into his new contract, with clubs understood to be available to sign the Norwegian for just £65m… but only from January 2021.

Real Madrid are already being tipped for a future move, while Manchester United, who were previously in for the 19-year-old, would also no doubt be willing to put that much on the table for a player of Haaland’s quality.

Lautaro Martinez

Not exactly a cheap release clause, but a tempting one is that of Martinez from Inter Milan, who would reportedly be available for around £92m.

The Argentine striker has impressed in the Serie A this season with new strike partner Romelu Lukaku, with a 17 goals to his name.

He’s just 22 though, and would offer the likes of Barcelona the chance to mould a young striker into exactly the type of player they want.

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Hwang Hee-Chan

RB Salzburg’s depleting squad could be ravaged once again this summer if a European big dog comes in for South Korean forward Hwang Hee-Chan.

You couldn’t blame them either, with the 24-year-old available for somewhere between £17m-£21m.

Liverpool, Wolves and Leicester have been linked with Hee-Chan, who has become Salzburg’s main man up front since the departure of Haaland, and he is clearly missing his old strike partner, having failed to find the back of the net just since her left.

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