Raphinha has made a lot of headlines in Catalonia today after being officially presented as a Barcelona player, at the Ciutat Esportiva this afternoon.
The forward is delighted to have joined the Blaugrana and is looking forward to living up to the heritage of previous Brazilian players at the club.
Barça president Joan Laporta has voiced his satisfaction as well, suggesting Raphinha could bring back the “Joga Bonito” at Barcelona.
While the presentation was rightly dominated by Raphinha’s unveiling, Barcelona’s sporting director Mateu Alemany has dropped an important piece of update regarding the contract of another star player, in the form of Ousmane Dembele.
The Frenchman signed a new contract on Thursday, penning a two-year deal with a reported 40% salary reduction. While there has been much discussion and argument over the details of Dembele’s contract, Alemany has confirmed it includes a release clause worth around €100 million.
“Dembele’s release clause is 100 million euros,” Alemany confirmed during Raphinha’s presentation.
A release clause of €100 million, although quite significant in its own right, has become quite rare for Barcelona players these days as the club have mostly opted to place a higher value in order to put off suitors whilst simultaneously adhering to La Liga’s rules.
The likes of Ansu Fati and Ronald Araujo all have a €1 billion release clause embedded in their contracts. While Dembele is much older than the two, his €100 million exit clause could be an indicator of unfinished negotiations between the two parties.
While Dembele has reportedly taken up a salary cut in order to remain at Barcelona, there are reports that suggest his agent could re-negotiate with Barça after a year, presumably to yield an upgraded proposal from the club.