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Understanding The January Transfer Window: Europe’s Ten Biggest Buyout Clauses, Including Huge Man United & Liverpool Targets

Which ten players have the biggest buyout clauses in European football…

A term you’ll hear used regularly when the transfer window is open, is a player’s ‘buyout clause’. This refers to the value a team must pay to release a player from their contract, and allow them to talk to him. This then cannot be blocked by the selling team.

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Not every player has one, as there is risk involved in inserting such a clause into a contract, e.g. if the player rises in value he could be lost for much less that he’s worth. But a high value can also deter opposition teams from making a bid at all.

Here are ten notable buyout clauses currently in European and World football:

10) Raphael Varane- £25m (Real Madrid)

Raphael Varane Real Madrid

The young French defender has been linked with both Manchester United and Chelsea, and considering his reputation, both English giants might consider paying this price to force through a move.

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