According The Athletic, the transfer rumors surrounding top prospect — and rumored Bayern Munich transfer target — Dominik Szoboszlai may be coming to an end. The Athletic’s latest reporting suggests they have been advised of the contractual provisions of Szoboszlai’s release clause, and that if teams want to acquire him in the January window, they will have to move fast.
Per the report, Szoboszlai’s contract contains a clause that if the player wishes to leave Red Bull Salzburg in the approaching January window, he has to give formal notice to his current club on or before December 15, which is only a week away. In addition, if the move is to be completed in that window, the transfer fees will have to be lodged by the acquiring club on or before December 31st. This would give Salzburg both the time and funds to try and acquire a replacement in the same window, should they choose to do so.
Szoboszlai’s contract may also contain at least two clauses that work to Salzburg’s benefit in any transaction. The first is that the transfer fee must be paid in one lump sum, and not spread out in any manner. Secondly, the contract is purportedly has a sell-on fee imposed on the buyer of 20% of any fee obtained for the star-in-waiting in any future transfer. And that would be 20% of the whole future fee, not just the profit in the transaction. Thus, Salzburg could stand to profit handsomely if Szoboszlai reaches the upper echelons of the sport and moves again for a very large transfer fee.
Finally, if a transfer does not occur during the approaching January window, similar terms control his leaving in the summer window, with notice/lodging deadlines of June 30th and July 15th. One wonders if there were similar clauses in Erling Haaland’s contract that make that deal look better for Salzburg than it might at first blush.
Bayern Munich, Arsenal, and a number of teams are reported to have interest in the promising attacker, and if he is going to move to one of those clubs in January, it should be close to official in the next week or so.
The only potential twist to the plot is whether or not Salzburg would be more flexible in its terms if the deal is to be made with their ugly sister in the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig.