Barcelona is known for creating some of the most gifted footballers in history, and the newest star to emerge from their legendary La Masia program is poised to have a €1 billion release clause written into his new three-year deal.
All of this, and the wonder kid in question isn’t even in the recently released EA Sports FC 24.
According to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona signed hot prospect Lamine Yamal to his first professional contract as soon as he turned 16 in July, despite the fact that he had already made his first senior squad appearance and scored his first goal by then.
Yamal signed a three-year contract that will keep him at Barcelona until June 2026, with FIFA rules stipulating that a player under 18 can only sign a maximum of three years on a professional contract.
If another club wants to try and prise him away from his boyhood side in the meantime, however, they will have to match his £1bn release clause inserted into his contract.
That figure isn’t uncommon for the Blaugrana, though. Ever since losing Neymar to PSG for €222m in 2017, Barcelona have tried tying down their most important talent with seemingly unmatchable release clauses. According to reports, Ferran Torres, Pedri, Gavi, Ronald Araujo, and Alejandro Balde all have €1bn valuations placed into their contracts by the club.