Every Premier League player who has a release clause in their contract, including Chelsea and Arsenal targets

Dominic Solanke, Erling Haaland and Eberechi Eze

Dominic Solanke, Erling Haaland and Eberechi Eze all have release clauses

While release clauses are very common in mainland Europe, only a few Premier League players have one in their contract. 

A release clause in a player’s contract allows any interested clubs to skip negotiations and sign the player for a pre-determined transfer fee.

We’ve taken a look at every Premier League player with an official and active release clause in their contract.

Note: we’ve not included Michael Olise, who has a £60million release clause in his Crystal Palace contract but now looks set to join Bayern Munich.

Erling Haaland

Since joining Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund in 2022, Haaland has established himself as one of the best players in the world.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have a long-standing interest in the 23-year-old, and he has a £173million release clause that can be triggered by teams outside of England.

The value of the clause will decrease annually through the duration of the deal, which is currently due to expire at the end of the 2026/27 season.

“Erling is the master of his destiny,” Rafaela Pimenta, who represents Haaland, said. “Not just now but his entire life and 100%. What I mean is that you have to use balance. We, club and player. We are all in the same boat.

“Things have to be talked about, treated, in such a way that everyone is okay. Comfortable and satisfied with the experience, they live together.

“I think it is not necessary to say that Erling does what he wants. It is not true. Erling is always going to do what is good for him and for his club, Manchester City. When everyone is willing to make a change, it will be done.

City are reportedly looking to give the Norway international a new long-term contract which will remove the release clause.

Bernardo Silva

Silva has enjoyed a glittering seven-year career at Manchester City, winning six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA World Club Cup.

According to reports in England, the Portugal international is now ready for a new challenge and is keen to move away from the Etihad.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have been chasing his signature for a number of years and they will now be able to trigger his £50million release clause, which has become active this summer.

Lucas Paqueta

West Ham United paid a club-record £51million to sign Paqueta from Lyon in the summer of 2022 and handed him a five-year contract, which includes an £85million release clause.

The Brazil international helped the club win the Europa Conference League in his debut season and continued his fine form in the 2023/24 campaign.

He has emerged as a concrete target for Manchester City and is seen as a potential long-term replacement for Kevin De Bruyne.

But that move has potentially been derailed after the midfielder was charged by the FA with alleged breaches of their betting rules.

Man City linked West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta

Man City linked West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta

Miguel Almiron

Almiron has spent the last five-and-a-half years at Newcastle United, where he has contributed 30 goals and 12 assists in 209 matches.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Magpies are open to selling the Paraguay international as they try to comply with the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules.

He was heavily linked with Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab in the January transfer window and they are expected to reignite their interest in the 30-year-old.

While his contract includes a £60million release clause, Newcastle are reportedly willing to listen to offers in the region of £30million.

Dominic Solanke

Solanke was the joint-fourth top goalscorer in the Premier League in 2023/24 after netting 19 goals in 38 top-flight appearances for Bournemouth.

Chelsea are reportedly looking to re-sign the 26-year-old, who came through their academy and made one first-team appearance for the club.

Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham United have also been credited with an interest in the striker, and he has a £65million release clause in his Bournemouth contract.

The clause is reportedly limited to a select group of clubs — although the identity of those that qualify is currently undisclosed.

Eberechi Eze

Eze joined Crystal Palace from Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2020 and has developed into one of the most exciting players in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old registered 11 goals and four assists in the top-flight in 2023/24 and was subsequently named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2024.

TEAMtalk understands that Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou is a huge fan of Eze, but they could face competition from Manchester City.

While Palace are determined to keep the England international at Selhurst Park, he does have a £60million release clause in his contract.

According to reports, the terms of the clause mean that any club that signs Eze will also have to pay a further £8million in add-ons.

Romelu Lukaku 

Chelsea forked out a then-club-record £97.5million to sign Lukaku from Inter Milan in the summer of 2021, but he failed to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge.

The striker scored just 15 goals in 2021/22 and has since spent the following two seasons out on loan, returning to Inter in 2022/23 before joining Roma in 2023/24.

According to reports, Chelsea will not sanction any more loan moves for the 31-year-old and are demanding that any potential suitors activate his £37million release clause.

Lukkau could reunite with former Inter manager Antonio Conte at Napoli, but he has also said that he is open to playing in Saudi Arabia.

“A lot of people like to talk, maybe because I don’t have a real agent,” he said when asked about his future. “But I’m going to decide. I am in control of my situation. I’m going to make a choice and once I explain it, everyone will agree with me.”

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