Milot Rashica should still leave Weder Bremen this summer but his release clause will soon expire. That’s according to reports in the German press.
BILD says that Weder have an ‘urgent need’ to sell Rashica but have a reason to be relaxed – his release clause.
The release clause in Rashica’s contract determines the likely price this summer and it varies on Weder’s fate. If they stay up, a club can sign the player for £38m.
But if they suffer relegation, that clause drops all the way down to just £13m. They have more reason than most to stay in the Bundesliga, then.
So why the relaxation? Because the clause apparently expires on June 15th – a remarkable stroke of fortune, really. In a typical campaign, that clause expires after the season and when Werder’s fate is sealed.
But this is anything but a typical campaign and the season’s suspension meant relegation never came into it.
And so assuming no one pays £38m in the next month, Werder will be free to sell Rashica for any price they wish.
BILD mentions Liverpool’s interest, too. They are one of only two named destinations, the other being RB Leipzig, and this isn’t the first time an outlet has mentioned them.
What RTK has to say
For £13m, this is a transfer we can believe. Rashica is a great age at 23m, has two-and-a-half years of Bundesliga experience, and he can score goals from the wing.
He’d be a wonderful replacement for Xherdan Shaqiri, in other words, but younger and with more room to develop.
At £38m and above, however, we just can’t see it happening. That’s a lot of money to spend on a squad player in the current economy. So only if Weder can somehow suffer relegation before June 15th can we imagine Rashica at Liverpool.