Erling Haaland made the surprise switch from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund this month, but other clubs will keep their hopes of signing him alive as his surprisingly low release clause has been revealed.
The Norwegian striker emerged as one of the hottest properties in world football last year and it was a shock to see him move to Dortmund for just £18m from the Austrian Bundesliga.
However, the deal to take him to Dortmund does not necessarily tie him down at the club for the long-term as his release clause is set at a relatively affordable €75m (£63m).
German publication Bild report that Haaland’s representatives wanted an even lower release clause but Dortmund held firm on that amount and insisted that it could not be triggered until 2022.
Haaland is under contract with the club until 2024, but Dortmund would expect clubs to come calling before then if he keeps up his impressive form.
The 19-year-old already has five Dortmund goals to his name despite not starting a game for the club yet.
The Norway international came off the bench against Augsburg to score a hat-trick on debut, before coming on against Koln on Friday to score twice more.
In two substitute appearances Haaland has scored more Bundesliga goals than the likes of Thomas Muller, Kai Havertz, Thorgan Hazard, Patrik Schick and Ivan Perisic have managed all season.
Manchester United were strongly linked with a move for the Norwegian this month, while Real Madrid were also credited with an interest.
Both are likely to return with bids for the forward if he continues to impress, while all other big clubs across Europe will likely be trying to tempt him in their direction.
Agent Mino Raiola has strongly hinted that Haaland’s ultimate destination will be the Premier League, and his switch to Germany is all part of the journey to England.
‘I think it was the right move to go to Germany,’ said Raiola. ‘Because if you talk about the Premier League and you see the Premier League as the most important point of the pyramid, you need to be careful when you come here.
‘I think he’s also preparing himself for the best. He’s so young that he has time to come. He was close to a lot of clubs, which ones I don’t tell you.
‘I was not surprised [by his debut]. I don’t know who was surprised. It’s what he’s been doing since I met him. He’s made for scoring and I know he will keep on like this.’