Release clauses are one of the football transfer market’s most interesting weapons.
They seem to let everyone know exactly where they stand – ‘player A is available for X amount of money, so put up or shut up’.
Release clauses often get fans very excited too, as they make the player in question appear instantly more attainable.
Here are five top stars who reportedly have such clauses in their current contracts, starting with Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who could be allowed to leave White Hart Lane for a surprisingly low chunk of cash…
5. Hugo Lloris
Current club: Tottenham Hotspur
Linked with: Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid
Reported value of release clause: £14.5m
Hugo Lloris has £14.5m release clause in Tottenham contract, according to French report