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Report: Espanyol will not budge on release clause for Bayern Munich target Marc Roca

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Bayern Munich has been rumored to have Espanyol’s Marc Roca high on its wish list, but the La Liga club will not let him go for anything less than €40 million.

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Bayern Munich is reportedly very interested in Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca, but the Spanish club is reluctant to let the 22-year-old walk away for anything less than Roca’s €40 million release clause per SPOX.

Bayern is interested in Marc Roca. If the record champion wants to sign the defensive midfielder of Espanyol Barcelona, it has to pay his exit clause in the amount of 40 million euros. According to information from SPOX and Goal, Espanyol is under no circumstances willing to let the Spanish Under-21 European champion draw for a lower transfer fee.

An interesting part of the story by SPOX is that should Bayern bid the entire €40 million, Espanyol would not be able to stop Roca from leaving if the player determined that he wanted to leave the club.

If he activates his clause, Roca can leave his employer despite his contract until 2022, without the club being able to veto it.

There was an earlier report circulating that the Bavarians were ready to offer €18 million, which is well below what Espanyol wants. Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge quickly refuted the rumor.

In our last update, we covered why Rummenigge took to the media to dispute the claim. Rummenigge was responding to the tweet below from Club de la Mitjanit (aka The Midnight Club, a Catalunya Radio/TV 3 program in Spain), which made it look like there was a low-ball offer from Die Roten:

The Germans have made a proposal of 18 million + variables. Espanyol has rejected it because it refers to its release clause (€40M) #ClubMitjanit