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10 quality players who have cheap release clauses

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The winter transfer window is upon us and every club is looking to sign players that may improve their squad. Every club wants a player high on quality and cheap on price, in short everyone wants a bargain signing. Considering the high transfer fees on display in the current footballing world, no one really knows what is the right price for a player and a release clause makes it easier for a club to know how much they might need to pay in order to acquire a particular player's services.

A release clause or a buyout clause refers to a clause in the contract that imposes an obligation on another club wishing to acquire the services of a player under contract to pay a fee of the clause to the club which issued the contract and owns the club. Once the release clause is paid, a club can directly negotiate with the player and the club that owns the player has no say in the decision after the release clause is paid. Here we discuss the players with the cheapest release clauses.

Here are 10 quality players who could be bought on a cheap in January if their release clauses are met:

#10 Sami Khedira

Juventus v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Group H
Juventus v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Group H

Sami Khedira is a player who has had a glittering career with league titles in 3 different countries, a Champions League title and a World Cup to his name. Since being bought by Juventus in the June of 2015 from Real Madrid on a free, the 31-year-old has been a crucial part of the side who have won 3 consecutive doubles and reached a Champions League final only to beaten 4-1 by his previous club Real Madrid.

Despite having arguably his best season last year, Khedira has seen his game time reduce drastically this campaign with Allegri preferring a midfield trio of Pjanic, Bentancur and Matuidi. With his contract expiring next June, Khedira signed an extension until 2021 in September, but there is no chance the German will still be around at that time, considering his exceptionally fragile body which has seen him miss several games since the start of last season. 

With a 25 million Euros release clause inserted in his new contract, Juventus may just make a good profit on an ageing player who's only cost a combined 16.2 million pounds in transfer fees in his entire career, only if someone decides to pay that release clause.

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