Announced on the shelves of AS Saint-Etienne, Nampalys Mendy will finally extend to Leicester.
After having had him under his orders at Nice then to Leicester, Claude Puel hoped to find Nampalys mendy at Saint Etienne. With the Foxes since 2016, the former Monegasque, who has only made 7 Premier League appearances this season, is indeed out of contract and seemed open to a departure.
But according to Footmercato, the native of Seyne-sur-Mer will finally re-join with Leicester, the two parties being close to reaching an agreement on the terms of the new contract of the 28-year-old tricolor midfielder.
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Alvaro Morata is among the first players to see a buyout clause inserted into his contract. Preferring Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid agreed in the summer of 2014 to hand over their club-trained striker to Juventus. A transfer completed for 20 million euros. But remaining convinced of its potential, the Merengue club were careful to add a buyout clause for just 30 million euros. After two years in Piedmont, the Spain international was repatriated to the Spanish capital before being sold a year later to Chelsea for 66 million euros.
Recruited by FC Barcelona in the summer of 2014, Luis Suarez arrives in Catalonia just weeks after a World Cup in which the Uruguayan was distinguished by a bite on the shoulder of Giorgio Chiellini. And this after having already tested his canines with Branislav Ivanovic with Liverpool and Otman Bakkal with Ajax Amsterdam. The Blaugrana leaders therefore wanted to ensure the blow by inserting an anti-bite clause in the contract of their new attacker, providing for a very heavy sanction in the event of a repeat offense. “If it existed we would not say it”, commented President Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Mario Balotelli’s reputation was clear when he arrived at Liverpool. Also the leaders of the Reds were careful to add a good conduct clause of 1.2 million euros if the player “is not excluded more than three times for violent behavior, for spitting on a player or using abusive language ”.
The leaders of Austria Vienna were far-sighted when they enlisted Larry Kayode in 2015. The Nigerian’s contract indeed included a clause providing for up to 30% salary deduction if the attacker, known for his nightly outings , arrived tipsy for training or was drunk in public.
Should this be the reason for his often limited playing time during his time with the Gunners between 2011 and 2017. Still, during the transfer of the English midfielder to Arsenal, Southampton had taken care to add a clause guaranteeing € 12,500 extra to the Saints each time the Portsmouth native played for more than 20 minutes. A clause which finally brought in 1.8 million euros to the residents of St Mary’s Stadium.
Recruited by Guingamp in the summer of 1998, Jean-Pierre Pain gets a modified schedule, disembarking in Brittany on Wednesday before leaving for Bordeaux at the end of the match, on Saturday, thanks to a driver who was waiting for him at the exit of the stadium.
Arrived free of charge at Juventus Turin, the Old Lady quickly secured his rear. His contract signed during his extension with the Bianconeri included a release clause of some 70 million euros. At least for all clubs except PSG. The club in the capital was indeed entitled to a special rate with a clause set at 80 million euros.
Landed in the summer of 2013 for 43 million euros on the Rock, Radamel Falcao did not leave it less – for the first time – after only a year. While he has long dreamed of joining Real Madrid, the Colombian agreed in August 2014 to be loaned to Manchester United. A loan with a purchase option set at 60 million euros but also a clause providing for a return to the sender in the event of a relapse of the former Colchoneros player, seriously injured in the left knee at the previous winter.
Raphael van der Vaart
From his arrival at Betis Sevilla in the summer of 2015, Rafael van der Waart saw that the rivalry with neighbors Sevilla FC was not compromised. His new club has in fact forbidden him to wear orange shoes, present on the jersey of the Andalusian enemy.
Purchased for 40 million euros in Hoffenheim during the 2015 summer transfer window, Roberto Firmino benefited from a release clause in his contract signed on his arrival with Liverpool. A clause which then stood at 98 million euros. Any club could therefore recruit him if they paid a price. Well almost. Arsenal were not affected by this clause and could not, whatever the price offered, sign the Brazilian. This restriction would be the consequence of the aborted transfer of Luis Suarez in the summer of 2013. The Gunners had indeed offered 49 million euros plus a symbolic euro to activate the release clause of the Uruguayan. What the Reds hadn’t liked.
Capable of all the prowess on a pitch, Ronaldinho was also unstoppable at night. And the Brazilian was so keen on nightlife that he took care to add a clause to his contract signed when he arrived at Flamengo allowing him at least two nightclub outings per week.
Surprise rookie of Anzhi Makhachkala, Samuel Eto’o rolled out the red carpet to reach this remote corner of Russia. In addition to an annual salary of some 20 million euros over three years and bonuses to match, the Cameroonian had thus negotiated a clause ensuring him transport by private jet and helicopter to make the journeys between Makhachkala and Moscow where he had chosen to stay during his adventure in Russia. Trips of some 2,000 kilometers.
Recruited by Manchester City in 2012, Sergio Agüero not only brought in his transfer fee of 40 million at Atletico Madrid. The Colchoneros had indeed added a clause providing for a bonus of 250,000 euros for each 15 goals scored with the Citizens. Having become the club’s all-time top scorer with 254 goals, the Argentinian has already brought in another 4 million euros for the Madrid club.
A humble Sunderland player he joined in 1999, Stefan Schwarz still had the most astonishing clause of all. Determined to travel to space as soon as commercial flights opened, the Sweden international was indeed given a clause prohibiting him from going into space until the end of his contract with the Black Cats.
Thiago Silva’s contract with PSG unveiled by Football Leaks was a model of its kind with many surprising clauses. One of them provided for eight Paris-Rio return flights in business class for flights. Another, an ethics bonus of 33,000 euros prompting the Brazilian defender not to make negative comments about PSG, their managers or their coach.
Loaned to Atletico Madrid by Chelsea for three seasons from 2011, Thibaut Courtois had played a leading role in the elimination of the Blues by the Colchoneros during the semi-finals of the Champions League in spring 2014. The contract established by the Blues also provided that the Colchoneros had to pay a tidy sum if the two teams were to meet in the Champions League. An amount that ranged from 500,000 euros for a group match to 4 million euros for a final. Alerted by the Madrid club, UEFA nevertheless canceled this clause, deeming it “null and unenforceable”.
Recruited for 94 million euros in the summer of 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo has delighted Real Madrid for nine seasons. Nine years in which the five-time Golden Ball has aroused much envy. But the Merengue leaders had ensured their rear by inserting in his contract, as for Kaka and Karim Benzema, a release clause fixed at one billion euros.
If his incredible sense of the game was enough to frighten many defenders, Dennis Bergkamp also had a phobia, aerodromophobia, that is to say the fear of planes, born from a complicated flight during the 1994 World Cup in the United States. What earn him the nickname “Non-Flying Dutchman”, in reference to Johan Cruyff, nicknamed the Flying Dutchman. Above all, the Batavian had a clause added to his contract allowing him to bypass certain trips if they were only possible by plane. But he did not hesitate to drive up to 20 hours to reach some European cities.
Recruited by Barça with the nose and beard of Real Madrid, Neymar was in a strong position when negotiating his contract with the Blaugrana. The Brazilian did not hesitate to add some lucrative clauses. One of them allowed him to receive a bonus of 2.5 million euros if he did not challenge his manager’s choices about his placement on the pitch. Another allowed him to bring his friends from Brazil every two months at the expense of the Catalan club.