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Ex-Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee has loads of clauses tied to him

Is this what you call passive income?

Udinese Calcio v Bologna FC - Serie A TIM Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Bayern Munich’s former three-minute hero Joshua Zirkzee has had a rather bumpy path to where he is now. Best remembered for late heroics against Freiburg and Wolfsburg in 2019/20 and allowing Perr Schuurs to clear the ball off the line in a 2021 friendly against Ajax, the 22-year-old Dutchman is now thriving at Bologna in Serie A after loan stops in Parma and Anderlecht. If another club triggers his release clause, then the Germans are set to gain money.

Fabrizio Romano (@fabrizioromano) reported that some of the clauses that then-sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić inserted into Zirkzee’s Bologna contract is a 50% sell-on clause; Zirkzee’s release clause is €40 million so Bayern will get €20 million if he moves. On top of an €8.5 million after the transfer to Italy, the Rekordmeister could earn up to €28.5 million from Zirkzee.

Although it’s a shame that his Bayern career never panned out the way everyone hoped for, there is a certain feeling of pride to see guys who couldn’t make the cut at Bayern to improving at another club.

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