Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has a bizarre release clause, the figure written into his contract is a whopping €98 million. However the bizarre bit is that it can be triggered by any club except Arsenal – that’s right Arsenal. Fantastic!!
Wow on two counts;
- €98m – he’s a great player with masses of potential. But WOW..!
- I love the Arsenal twist. Amazing that the lawyers have written that into it.
Bizarre release clause
It all came about last night when a number of national newspapers across Europe continued to release information from an enormous data dump from the ‘Football Leaks’ website. Part of that information was the contents of Roberto Firmino’s bizarre release clause. Whilst it initially released through a Belgian newspaper called Le Soir, it has been doing the rounds this morning.
Liverpool clearly fear that their ‘elite’ need protecting from other top European clubs, with Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho on PSG’s radar already i’m not surprised they need further protection. Firmino’s combination play with fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho has helped Liverpool to one for their best ever starts for a good few years and are currently third place in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s Suarez bid
In 2013 Liverpool were very unhappy with Arsenal’s £40m + £1 bid for Luis Suarez, where our owner John W. Henry tweeted in response: “What do you think they’re smoking over there at the Emirates?”
This obviously upset Liverpool as it appears they have taken revenge in the special-terms within Firmino’s new contract.
Firmino signed for Liverpool from Hoffenheim in June 2015, with the Brazilian forward agreeing a “long-term” contract at Anfield.
After scoring 10 goals in 31 games in his debut season in the Premier League, he has established himself as one of the division’s top attacking players in 2016-17 by scoring five goals and assisting three more in 13 matches.