Sold by Manchester United for £5m, whizkid now has £42m release clause

Manchester United have already been active in the transfer market this summer, cashing in on a full-back surplus to requirements.

Alvaro Fernandez was the only option Manchester United lacked at left-back in 2023–2024, but Erik ten Hag was not persuaded.

Before Benfica moved to sign Fernandez on loan for them in January, he was sent on loan to the Spanish team Granada.

Benfica invoked a clause at the end of the previous month to sign Fernandez permanently for a £5 million price.

Alvaro Fernandez release clause

Alvaro Fernandez, a former Real Madrid academy prodigy, is under contract with Benfica until 2029, seeing him as an investment.

In line with Portuguese player customs, Benfica has also included a sizable release clause in Fernandez’s contract.

According to a Bola story, Fernandez’s contract has a 50 million euro release clause, or £42 million.

The release clause sets a high initial bar for any future discussions and makes sure Fernandez is not sold for a low price.

Fernandez tipped as future star

During his loan, Alvaro Fernandez appeared in 16 games for Benfica, starting seven of them.

However, Fernandez will need to prove himself to be a member of the Benfica club next season as he is not projected to be a first choice.

When asked if he was comparable to Alejandro Grimaldo, the great Spanish left-back for Benfica, his former youth coach Albert Gil told A Bola that it would take time.

He said: “Alvaro is very talented and is part of the group of best young people sides of Spain. Even with a different profile, I believe that he has the conditions to be Benfica’s full-back of the future, in two, three, four years he will be at that level.”

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