Real Madrid are on a high this summer after winning their record 14th UCL title. Los Blancos are set for the present, with the likes of Benzema, Kroos, Modric and others being the spine of the team. They are set for the future, with Camavinga, Tchouameni and others. However, the transition has to begin sometime. Could that time be now?
Reports of Casemiro interesting Manchester United have come out of nowhere and question is- Should Los Blancos cash in? Can Manchester United trigger his release clause, a necessity in every player’s contract in La Liga?
In that regard, FootTheBall looks at the enormous release clause in place under Florentino Perez.
Karim Benzema- €1 BN
The French striker has been at the club since 2009 and has provided the club with some truly memorable moments. He remains an extremely pivotal part of the setup and is a leading contender for Ballon d’Or 2022.
📊 | 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗺 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝘇𝗲𝗺𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝗮𝗱𝗿𝗶𝗱:
• 1st in most assists in the club history (143)
• 5th in most goals in the club history (281)
• 10th in most appperances in the club history (560)
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗲𝘀… #Benzema2023 pic.twitter.com/Ek4zJrqvim
— 𝗥𝗠𝗢𝗻𝗹𝘆 (@ReaIMadridOnly) August 20, 2021
Federico Valverde- €1 BN
The midfield engine has developed into a key member of the team over recent seasons and this upgrade is a just reward for the 23-year-old. With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric ageing, Valverde is the perfect replacement for them already at the club. His versatility to also play right-back or on the right-flank is an added bonus.
David Alaba- €850 M
Alaba signed on a free transfer from Bayern Munich to fill the gaps left by Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.
I leave a special club for another special club. I am really happy and honored to join Real Madrid. After so many years in Munich I will face a new challenge and I will give my best to continue the club's special history. @realmadrid pic.twitter.com/1qyo1wMcy1
— David Alaba (@David_Alaba) May 28, 2021
Alaba has already paid back the investment in him by taking on a leadership role in the centre of defence. His deal sees him claim the second spot amongst the highest release clauses at the club and indeed across the world.
Luka Modric- €750 M
The 2018 Ballon D’Or winner has been at the heart of Madrid’s midfield along with partner-in-crime Toni Kroos. Having already made nearly 400 appearances, he remains one of the best passers in the game with exemplary ball playing skills.
📊| Luka Modrić vs Alaves:
7/7 Long Balls
94.3% Pass accuracy
2 Key Passes
3 Big Chances Created
6 Duels won
Class is permanent. 🇭🇷 pic.twitter.com/j34DTZ0Dvh
— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) January 23, 2021
Having signed another contract extension this summer, the Croatian maestro shows no signs of ageing.
Marco Asensio- €700 M
The Spanish winger has been in and out of the squad since joining in 2017 and has seen a dip in form of late. An average campaign at the Tokyo Olympics has put further pressure on Asensio to rediscover some of his best form if he hopes to get an extension.
Vinicius Jr.- €700 M
The Brazilian youngster had his breakout campaign last year as he dovetailed with Benzema to great effect in a successful season. A new contract is on the horizon which will put his release clause at par with Karim Benzema.
Thibaut Courtois- €700 M
Having established himself as the clear number one with the departure of Keylor Navas in 2019, Courtois has been an assured presence in goal.
✍️ COURTOIS 2⃣0⃣2⃣6⃣
Real Madrid have confirmed that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2026.
It comes after he made his 100th LaLiga appearance for the club against Alavés at the weekend.#LLL
— La Liga Lowdown 🧡🇪🇸⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) August 16, 2021
He was the man of the match in the UCL final against Liverpool that saw Madrid win their 14th title.
Toni Kroos- €500M
With the German in midfield, it is always the season of “Kroos control.” Expert at dictating the tempo of the game with his gameplay and pinpoint passes, Kroos was imperious during Madrid’s three consecutive Champions League triumphs. That earned him a new contract which runs till 2023.
Dani Carvajal- €350M
Having developed into a key starter as a right-back, Carvajal’s experience and winning mentality bring a lot to the dressing room. The board moved quickly in extending his stay till 2025 as he has become a trusted lieutenant of Ancelotti.
Eden Hazard- €250M
The Belgian captain signed to much fanfare in 2019, but has been plagued with injuries and poor form. His effectiveness on the pitch has decreased gradually as he is no longer a starter for Ancelotti’s 11. Nevertheless, he is still at the club and looks to finally put his troubles behind him in order to rejuvenate his career.
Nacho Fernandez- €200M
The centre-back/right-back’s value has slowly increased with time and he looks set to become one of the fixtures in defence. Nacho contract to stay till 2023. His hard-working nature and ability to fill in multiple positions makes him a valuable asset for the star-studded Spanish champions.
World’s best defensive midfielder? The Casemiro-Kroos-Modric troika has become legendary and Casemiro’s abilities of breaking up play and shielding the back four has been a crucial part. Now interesting Manchester United, it looks unlikely that they would be able to trigger Casemiro’s release clause.
Lucas Vasquez- €150M
The winger-turned-wingback had some trouble adapting to his new position but continues to see game time. Vasquez’s return from injury was a welcome addition to the squad and his new deal sees him remain at the club till 2024.
The release clauses of the following key players are not public knowledge: