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First Refusal Clause

Have been thinking about these clauses. Have they ever actually worked or been enacted?

There has always been talk of us having a clause in the contract when we sold Memphis Depay, but have been thinking, are they actually worth it?

Imagine a world where Depay is about to sign for Barcelona and we pop up last minute and say, sorry we'll have some of that! Would anyone really want to buy a player who wants to join another club? Especially one as prestigious as Barcelona? Would he not hate us as a club and refuse to put in any effort?

Maybe I would get it if he was about to join a small club like Grimsby Town or Arsenal, but to ruin a move like that for a player just seems wrong to me. What are your thoughts? and can anyone think of a time its been used?

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I think you're unfair on Grimsby with that link

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

It’s still up to the player.

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

comment by The Process (U20671)
posted 3 hours, 24 minutes ago
It’s still up to the player.
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That's what makes it kind of pointless.

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Plus Depay is utter dog pooh

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

comment by Mummy's Hairy Growler (U10045)
posted 3 hours, 57 minutes ago
comment by The Process (U20671)
posted 3 hours, 24 minutes ago
It’s still up to the player.
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That's what makes it kind of pointless.
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Well it does and it doesn’t.

Let’s just say we wanted a player back but think we’ll be ripped because we’re United then suddenly a fee is agreed for that player with a club with less money.

We could then match that bid and I think the selling then have to accept it.

These clauses are rarely used tbf.

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

They vary from league to league. A lot of these clauses aren’t allowed in France, for example. As I understand it, the supposed clause with Depay was just a gentleman’s agreement.

They’re far more common in Spain and Italy, particularly with buyout clauses being mandatory in Spain. I believe in those countries it’s not always up to the player when a buyback is activated, as it’s often already agreed between all three parties when the transfers are made.

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Interesting article. Can't think of any... Seen it the other way round, where we gave Arsenal Silvestre. We were like 'Take him, PLEASE take him.." 'You sure Sir Ale..' 'YES YES dammit he's yours, take him"

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I think a lot of the time they are included just so the club can say that they prepared for all eventualities and so they don't appear foolish further down the line

posted 2 weeks ago

They're also put in place I'm case a someone blows up and meets theie potential. Then if other topnclubs come in, the original club can have them back. But these players rarely blow up and actually become in demand stars

comment by KLS (U1695)

posted 2 weeks ago

comment by The Process (U20671)
posted 15 hours, 34 minutes ago
comment by Mummy's Hairy Growler (U10045)
posted 3 hours, 57 minutes ago
comment by The Process (U20671)
posted 3 hours, 24 minutes ago
It’s still up to the player.
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That's what makes it kind of pointless.
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Well it does and it doesn’t.

Let’s just say we wanted a player back but think we’ll be ripped because we’re United then suddenly a fee is agreed for that player with a club with less money.

We could then match that bid and I think the selling then have to accept it.

These clauses are rarely used tbf.
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Yes the selling club have to accept due to the agreed upon clause but the player doesn’t have to accept it.

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