You might just have to pay a billion Euros for Ansu Fati now, thanks to his new Barcelona deal - but is his the biggest-ever release clause?
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Brahim Diaz (Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) - €750m
Originally released by Manchester City, Brahim Diaz joined Real Madrid in 2019. He didn't light up the world at the Bernabeu and was loaned out to AC Milan to further his development. It's probably safe to assume that Real would consider a respectable offer for the winger.
No one is likely to pay anywhere near much for Luka Modric now, but the inflated release clause demonstrates how important the little genius has been to Real Madrid for years. The former Ballon d'Or winner is now in his mid-thirties and is expected to depart Real on his own terms. However, with this release clause in place, Los Blancos could fend off interest from other teams while he was at his best.
Fede Valverde, a complete midfielder reaching his prime, is one of Real Madrid's most valued assets. As a result, holding him down to a €750 million buy-out ensures that no one else can lure him with a better contract elsewhere without making a rash move for him. He's adored in Madrid, and it doesn't appear like he'll ever leave.
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) - €800m
Given that it is a loan with obligation to Atletico Madrid, he is still technically a Barcelona player. Antoine Griezmann demonstrates why a large release clause means nothing if a player is underperforming. The World Cup winner cost Barcelona more than £100 million, and he'll be sold for less than half of that, with a meager goal return.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) & Ansu Fati (Barcelona) - €1bn
Karim Benzema's departure from Real Madrid for a better offer elsewhere becomes increasingly unlikely. Simply put, the release clause ensures that. Big Benz was connected with Arsenal at one point, so binding him to a billion-Euro release clause ensures that he won't be sold until Real decides to do so. Since signing from Lyon, he's also proven to be an excellent value for money.
The Fati release clause is more symbolic than anything else, but now that Barcelona has secured their new no.10, the focus shifts to ensuring Pedri does not go for free in the summer. And one wonders what his clause will be worth!