Who first dreamed up the notion of the release clause? Perhaps it was a ploy adopted from the business sector – potentially incarnated by former Tottenham-owner-turned-TV-personality-turned-Lord, Alan Sugar. Perhaps it was invented by Mr. R. Clause himself. Perhaps ex-Liverpool director Damien Comolli, a relentlessly suspicious character, came up with it.
Either way, the release clause adds an interesting dynamic to the transfer market – a simple-yet-effective method of saying ‘If you want him that badly, this is how much you’ll have to pay. Don’t bother negotiating. I can’t be bothered to sit in a boardroom, sipping coffee and downing croissants, whilst debating it.’
Indeed, release clauses can often be extortionate. But here’s FIVE buy-out fees Football Fancast thinks strikes great value-for-money and Spurs should consider activating when the transfer window reopens in January.
With Emmanuel Adebayor, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado finding just one Premier League goal between them this season, a new striker is a must for Tottenham in January.
Mauricio Pochettino favoured big-n-burley centre-forwards at Southampton, namely Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo, and still appears to prefer that mould, more commonly selecting the Togolese lankster over his shorter team-mates.
And one striker also fitting that category is Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony, who was regularly linked with a White Hart Lane switch during the summer:
Spurs and Liverpool to challenge for Wilfried Bony’s signature – today’s rumours http://t.co/FCZ1NW99Dg
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) August 5, 2014
The 25 year-old impressed last season to bag 16 goals and four assists in his inaugural Premier League campaign, following an incredible 37-strike haul during his ultimate year at Vitesse Arnhem. Here’s Bony’s highlights from 2013/14:
In addition to firepower, he far outshone Spurs’ strike-force last season in terms of hold-up play, as detailed below:
The Ivory Coast international has rediscovered his scoring touch over the last few weeks, netting twice in his last two Premier League outings – including this goal against Newcastle:
His £19million release clause is more than affordable, but Swansea are planning to tie their star forward down to a new long-term contract:
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 17, 2014
Another release-clause-inspired front-man option for the Lilywhites to consider is Valencia starlet Paco Alcacer, who the tabloids claim has already popped up on Mauricio Pochettino’s radar:
Tottenham plot Paco Alcacer transfer in January with Pochettino unconvinced by Adebayor and Soldado: The Spurs boss… http://t.co/MS8sxLNWrA
— Football-News (@Bot_Football) September 27, 2014
The 21 year-old has been nothing short of potent over the last 18 months, as detailed below:
And that incredible influence in the final third has seen Alcacer rise to the forefront of Vincente del Bosque’s plans for the Spanish national team – he’s claimed four caps since his debut in August, netting thrice in the process. Here’s a look at the 5 foot 11 forward in action:
Reminiscent of a young Fernando Torres, the Spain international bears no particular defining strength but a varied all-round-game.
Furthermore, Alcacer’s current release clause is just £14.5million, leading one Spanish publication to dub him ‘the bargain of Europe‘ and leading to a plethora of attention throughout the continent. Indeed, the Spaniard has already attracted some heavy hitters:
— Sports Mole Arsenal (@SMArsenal) September 10, 2014
But Los Che are planning to bump up his release clause to a whopping £40million:
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) September 18, 2014
Following a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City, giving Spurs the second-worst goals conceded record in the Premier League’s top half, as shown below…
… a new centre-back wouldn’t go amiss in January, especially with Jan Vertonghen’s White Hart Lane future shrouded in doubt:
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 25, 2014
One potential solution comes in the form of highly-rated Colombian international Eder Balanta, often linked with the likes of Liverpool, Juventus and Barcelona:
Liverpool and West Ham rivalled for Colombia star Eder Balanta by Juventus and Barcelona (Daily Express) http://t.co/S3FD8efNFg
— Liverpool Live News (@lfclivenews) June 25, 2014
World Cup performances were expected to springboard the 21 year-old into European football, but he eventually made just one appearance as Los Cafeteros proved to be the tournament’s surprise package.
Nevertheless, the River Plate starlet looks like a real talent, with head coach Ramon Diaz comparing him to Argentine World Cup-winning centre-back Daniel Passarella. Here’s Balanta in action:
The South American’s silky, exciting, front-footed style makes his £12.4million release clause well worth the punt, but other sources claim River Plate could be pressed to sell for as little as £5million.
Representing the cheaper and more speculative end of the release clause spectrum is Eredivisie youngster Terell Ondaan.
Hardly a household name in England, or even for the Netherlands for that matter. But the 21 year-old winger played a crucial role in Willem II’s promotion push from the Ereste Divisie last season and he’s now turning heads in the top flight, getting off the mark against Heerenveen earlier this month:
Here’s a look at his form so far this term:
Impressive stuff from the former Ajax academy product, who has also muscled his way into Oranje’s U21 string. Here’s a short clip of Ondaan in action:
He’s already being tipped as a future star at club and international level, and with a rumoured release clause of just €1.5m could quickly prove to be an incredibly astute investment.
Brazilian beast Talisca only joined the Benfica ranks in July this year, but a plethora of top clubs are already considering activating his €18million release clause:
Arsenal will ramp up £17m bid for Chelsea target Talisca with Lukas Podolski set to LEAVE: ARSENAL will look t… http://t.co/GSb6SfUeJe
— Football Talk (@FootballTalk_) October 16, 2014
Indeed, the 20 year-old has bagged an incredible six goals in seven league appearances since the summer- including this powerhouse effort against Arouca:
Measuring in at 6 foot 2, he’s famed for his surging runs, incredible strength and trickery, illustrated by this beastly charge for the Brazil U23s:
Here’s another look at Talisca in action:
He appears purpose-built for Premier League football, but Benfica want to bump up his release clause to an outrageous £47.5million.