Long linked with a move to the Premier League, especially Liverpool, when his contract appeared to be running down, Faouzi Ghoulam’s future took a turn for the worst when he ruptured a ligament in his knee.
Understandably, the rumours stopped at that very moment, and Jürgen Klopp, who struggled with Alberto Moreno, is having to look elsewhere for a new defender.
However, all hope is not lost, and if Ghoulam returns to full health before the end of the season, he’ll be available for the small price of €35m.
The reason behind this is, according to Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, the player, probably because he felt he had to following his injury, has agreed to renew his deal at Napoli.
Set to earn €3.5m/year, the Algeria international will also have a €35m release clause inserted into his contract, which, in today’s market, is a fairly affordable price for a top quality left-back.
Previous reports suggested the release clause would fall somewhere in between €27-40m, and it seems they were right, even if it appears to be a release clause for everyone, rather than depending on who the interested club is.
While we might be free of Faouzi Ghoulam to the Premier League rumours for the next 4-5 months or so, fully expect them to return towards the back end of the season, especially if/when this contract is signed.