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Ranked: Every Barcelona player by their release clause

By Harry Edwards

Published: 12:31, 4 September 2021 | Updated: 17:49, 10 September 2021

The 2021 summer transfer window was a wild one and Barcelona are a club feeling the effects more than most.

Ronald Koeman had to oversee a lorry load of departures to deal with the club’s financial problems, with the biggest being Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona after 21 years, eventually joining Paris Saint-Germain. Just one year ago Messi had handed in a transfer request but, with his contract up, the Barcelona legend wanted to sign a new deal only to be scuppered by the Blaugrana’s inability to fit him on their wage bill.

That same reason also saw the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Miralem Pjanic and various fringe players leave, while some remaining stars had to take pay cuts so Barcelona could register their summer arrivals.

So, with Griezmann and Messi now gone, who has Barcelona’s biggest release clause – which Spanish clubs are obliged to include in all contracts?

Find out below, where we’ve ranked every Barcelona player ranked by their release clause, from lowest to highest (excluding Luuk de Jong and Yusuf Demir who are only on loan).

19=. Moussa Wague

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 05/08/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €100m

Moussa Wague initially joined Barcelona‘s B team in 2018 but was moved up to the senior squad ahead of the 2019/20 season. He hasn’t had the best of times at the club and is not part of their La Liga squad for the season, but remains part of the club with a release clause of €100m.

19=. Ronald Araujo

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 29/08/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €100m

Ronald Araujo joined Barcelona‘s B team in 2018 from Uruguayan side Boston River but was still given a €100m release clause. The 21-year-old made his first-team debut as a sub in Barcelona‘s 4-0 win over Sevilla in October 2019 but was sent off after just 14 minutes on the pitch. Araujo was then handed his first start in the 4-0 win over Real Mallorca in June 2020, becoming a regular starter last season.

19=. Riqui Puig

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 05/01/2021

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €100m

Regarded by some as the future of Barcelona‘s midfield, Riqui Puig became a regular feature for the club in the second half of 2019/20 but has been scarcely used under Ronald Koeman.

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19=. Sergio Aguero

Position: Striker

Contract signed: 01/07/2021

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €100m

One of the summer arrivals, despite his goalscoring prowess Aguero’s release clause at Barcelona is a low €100m – not that anyone would pay that for a 33-year-old who has become injury-prone.

19=. Oscar Mingueza

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 30/04/2021

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €100m

One of Barcelona’s bright young defenders, Mingueza came through La Masia to play 27 times in La Liga last season, starting 23.

18. Ansu Fati

Position: Winger

Contract signed: 04/12/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €170m

Ansu Fati is Barcelona’s new No.10 and the future of the club having been promoted from the famed La Masia academy. He was rewarded for his performances across the 2019/20 campaign with a new contract until 2022, and the option to extend it for a further two years with a release clause of €170m. Many expected him to sign another new deal upon his 18th birthday with another release clause rise, but that hasn’t happened yet.

17. Neto

Position: Goalkeeper

Contract signed: 27/06/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €200m

Despite being signed to play back up to Ter Stegen, Neto has a fairly high release clause of €200m.

15=. Clement Lenglet

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 20/10/2020

Contract until: 30/06/2026

Release clause: €300m

Lenglet has made 135 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona since joining in 2018 and will be looking to improve on his partnership alongside Gerard Pique with a €300m release clause.

15=. Martin Braithwaite

Position: Striker

Contract signed: 20/02/2020

Contract until: 30/06/2024

Release clause: €300m

An emergency signing from Leganes in February following the season-ending injury of Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite joined Barcelona after the club triggered his €18m release clause. Ensuring the same couldn’t happen to them, Barca slapped a €300m clause on the Dane.

8=. Eric Garcia

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 01/07/2021

Contract until: 30/06/2026

Release clause: €400m

Eric Garcia was linked with Barcelona for some time, having left La Masia for Manchester City in 2017, and finally made his return in the summer. The 20-year-old is one Barcelona rate for the future and, as such, they added a €400m release clause into his first contract with the club.

8=. Sergino Dest

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 01/10/2020

Contract until: 30/06/2025

Release clause: €400m

Another defender rated for the future, Sergino Dest was signed from Ajax last summer and made 30 appearances for Barcelona in La Liga, becoming their first-choice right-back. The American’s release clause of €400m will ensure other teams have a tough time trying to steal him away from Barcelona.

8=. Frenkie de Jong

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 20/10/2020

Contract until: 30/06/2026

Release clause: €400m

One of the best young midfielders in the world, Barcelona have made sure they will not lose Frenkie de Jong easily, with a €400m release clause.

8=. Philippe Coutinho

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 08/01/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €400m

Philippe Coutinho was a massive signing when he joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January of 2018 and the club were so confident in his ability that they put a €400m release clause into his contract to ensure they wouldn’t have another Neymar situation. Things haven’t exactly worked out as planned for the Brazilian, but he and his release clause remain.

8=. Ousmane Dembele

Position: Forward

Contract signed: 25/08/2017

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €400m

The former Borussia Dortmund man is one expected to be at Barcelona for years, signing a five-year deal in 2017 with a €400m release clause.

While injuries and misuse have hampered his development so far at the Nou Camp, there are still high expectations for the young Frenchman.

8=. Memphis Depay

Position: Forward

Contract signed: 01/07/2021

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €400m

The biggest of the 2021 summer arrivals, Memphis Depay is about to hit his peak and will be tasked with leading the Barcelona line for years to come following their fire sale. Despite having just a two-year deal, the Dutchman’s release clause is €400m.

8=. Pedri

Position: Midfield

Contract signed: 02/09/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €400m

Joining Riqui Puig in being the future of Barcelona‘s midfield, Pedri was integral to Koeman’s side last season and played a whopping 52 matches for the club despite being just 18. He was also key to Spain’s run to the Euro 2020 semi-finals and Olympic silver over the summer.

In fact, so highly do they rate Pedri that, according to Goal, Barcelona stuck a €400m release clause into his contract when they extended it in 2019, with the club having the option to further extend it for another two years to 2024.

1=. Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Position: Goalkeeper

Contract signed: 20/10/2020

Contract until: 30/06/2025

Release clause: €500m

Originally a back-up for Claudio Bravo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen became Barcelona‘s number one goalkeeper when the Chilean signed for Manchester City in 2016.

Ter Stegen was then offered a new contract by Barcelona in 2017, with a €180m release clause, and has turned into one of the best goalkeepers in the world. As a result, Barcelona once again renewed his contract with the club until 2025 this time bumping his release clause all the way up to €500m.

1=. Jordi Alba

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 28/02/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2024

Release clause: €500m

Barcelona‘s number one left-back since signing from Valencia in 2012, Alba’s importance to the club was stressed when he was offered a new five-year deal in February 2019 – less than a month before his 30th birthday.

With a ridiculous release clause of €500m, Alba has played 336 times for Barcelona so far, scoring 17 goals.

1=. Francisco Trincão

Position: Forward

Contract signed: 01/07/2020

Contract until: 30/06/2025

Release clause: €500m

Francisco Trincão may not currently be at Barcelona, having joined Wolves on loan for the season, but he remains contracted to the club and has a release clause of €500m – though Wolves do have an option to buy him at the end of the campaign.

1=. Sergio Busquets

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 27/09/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €500m

Arguably the best central midfielder in world football over the past decade, Sergio Busquets came from Barcelona‘s academy to become an integral part of the club.

Such is the Spaniard’s importance that he was given a new five-year contract in 2018 with a release clause of €500m – a big hands-off warning from Barcelona.

1=. Samuel Umtiti

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 03/06/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €500m

Signed from Lyon in 2016, the French centre-back has established himself as a first-choice defender for Barcelona in his four years at the club. Umtiti signed a new contract in 2018 taking his release clause up to a massive €500 million, pricing out any moves abroad for the time being.

1=. Sergi Roberto

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 19/01/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €500m

The scorer of a historic goal in 2017 when Barcelona came back from 4-0 down on aggregate to beat PSG 6-5 in the Champions League, Sergi Roberto has found himself to be a big part of the club.

His importance was highlighted in January 2018 when his new contract saw a massive €500m release clause put in for the La Masia graduate.

1=. Gerard Pique

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 20/10/2020

Contract until: 30/06/2024

Release clause: €500m

Barcelona‘s best central defender and a key part of the club’s identity, Gerard Pique was rewarded for his service to the club with a new four-year deal in 2020 almost ensuring he would end his career in Spain. And with things so uncertain at Barcelona, Pique will be a good constant as they try to get the club back on track.