Alexandre Lacazette has a £61 million release clause according to agent
A Russian agent by the name of Dmitry Cheltsov is claiming that Alexandre Lacazette has a £61 million release clause in his contract. He knows this because he offered the Frenchman to Zenit St Petersburg who baulked at paying such a big amount.
The Russian has gone public with his claims telling Sport Business Gazeta how he found out about the release clause.
‘Their sporting director Javier Ribalta said to me: ‘Are you crazy? His release clause is €68m [£61m].’
‘I told him you can negotiate with Arsenal. I am sure they will be ready to accept something between €50m and €55m [£45m – £49.5m]. ‘His salary would be €7-8m [£6.3m – £7.2m] after tax.’
That makes for interesting reading but I see nothing to be concerned about. The release clause is fairly high and even without it, Lacazette has a value probably close to the release clause.
If Lacazette wanted to leave or the club wanted him gone then he would be gone, the release clause is not crucial in this. The player is happy, the club is happy and so are the fans, this revelation is inconsequential in my opinion.
Knowing what Lacazette can be bought for does not really change his status at the club and unless there is a dramatic change in circumstances he is going nowhere.