Fulham could see Tosin Adarabioyo depart Craven Cottage on a cut-price deal this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football League World, who claimed that the 23-year-old centre-back could leave west London for as little as £10m in the summer transfer window due to a release clause in his contract.
It is reported that this clause is only active until 14 July, meaning that if any of Newcastle United, Arsenal or Norwich City – all of whom have been linked with a move for the former England under-19 international – wish to make a move for Adarabioyo at a reduced price, they will have to do so quickly.
While the news that the £10m release clause in the former Manchester City man’s contract at Craven Cottage is only active for a matter of weeks could be viewed as a good thing, the fact that Adarabioyo has a clause in his contract for such a small fee should be enough reason for Fulham fans to be concerned.
Having impressed for Scott Parker’s side last season, as well as currently being valued by Transfermarkt at £10.8m, should a club go on to activate the 23-year-old’s release clause this summer, it would be something of a disaster for the west Londoners ahead of their upcoming Championship campaign.
Indeed, over his 33 Premier League appearances last term, the £27,000-per-week centre-back helped his side to keep nine clean sheets, as well as averaging 1.3 interceptions, 1.1 tackles and 5.8 clearances per game. These metrics saw Adarabioyo earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.92, ranking him as the Cottagers’ ninth-best performer in the top flight.
With Fulham hoping to secure an immediate return to the top flight next season, losing one of the club’s brightest starlets – whom Tony Mowbray dubbed an “exceptional talent” – for less than his current market valuation would not be a good way to kick off the new season for the Cottagers, nor would it look well on the club’s hierarchy for allowing the clause in his contract in the first place.