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Barcelona youngster Pau Cubarsi offered a new contract with astronomical release clause fee

Barcelona has extended a new contract offer to Pau Cubarsi, aiming to secure him with a release clause of €1bn (£855m), joining the ranks of teenagers with such clauses at the club.

Pau Cubarsi, who has been training with the first-team since April last year at the age of 16, debuted for the senior squad in January, just before turning 17, and has been a regular starter in La Liga matches, featuring in eight of the last nine games.

While Cubarsi’s current contract is valid until 2026, Barcelona, mirroring their approach with teammate Lamine Yamal, are eager to tie him down with fresh terms, especially with growing interest from clubs like Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich.

Given his status as a minor, Cubarsi is restricted from signing a contract longer than three years. However, Barcelona seeks to secure his future until 2030, with the proposed contract extension, which would include an immediate activation of the €1bn release clause upon signing.

Following past experiences, Barcelona has taken precautions by setting high release clauses for key players like Ronald Araujo, Pedri, Gavi, Alejandro Balde, and Ansu Fati. This strategy aims to avoid situations like Neymar’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain for €222m in 2017, despite initial beliefs that such figures were prohibitive.

The precedent for exorbitant release clauses was set earlier by Real Madrid, exemplified by Cristiano Ronaldo’s €1bn clause in 2009. Similarly, Lionel Messi’s release clause at Barcelona remained at €250m until 2017, when it was raised to €700m, following the Neymar transfer saga.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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