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Top 5 release clauses in football

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Neymar Signs For PSG
PSG forked out 222 m euros for Neymar to bring him to Paris

When PSG came for Neymar in the summer of 2017, they broke the all-time transfer record by striking a staggering €222m deal for the Brazilian winger. This figure just so happened to be the player's release clause.

With a year left on his contract and the player signing an extension, the transfer seemed highly unlikely. However, the player's desire to move coupled with the wealthy owners of PSG settling into the habit of having their way, the offer caught Barcelona off guard.

What seemed to be a ridiculous amount of money was easily paid off and the Spanish club lost one of their major assets.

With the deal materializing in a matter of days, clubs were alerted to protect their star players and so, release clauses with figures that definitely defy the Financial Fair Play have been inserted into their contracts.

Following is a list of the top 5 release clauses in European Football.

#5 Philippe Coutinho - £355m

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After failing to sign Coutinho in the summer, Barcelona returned with a £140m bid to sign the player from Liverpool.

At 25 years of age, Coutinho is yet to hit his peak and has proved his quality at Anfield.

After the club had signed the teen sensation Ousmane Dembele in the summer for almost a similar fee, they knew that luring Coutinho wasn't going to be cheap.

With Neymar's transfer catching the club off guard, Barcelona will not want such a thing to happen again. Keeping that in mind, the club has added multiple clauses in the player's contract and valued his worth at £355mn, something no other club would like to pay if they want to comply with Financial Fair Play.

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