Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth has been closely linked with a move to RB Leipzig.
However, Sorloth’s contract situation is confusing to say the least.
Turkish sports newspaper Fanatik claim to have gotten to the bottom of Trabzonspor’s deal with Crystal Palace.
RB Leipzig were in direct talks with Palace over a summer move.
Trabzonspor however, agreed to a two-year loan and Palace do not have the option to recall the Norway international.
Additionally, the Super Lig side have a €6m buy option – nothing new there; these are details we already knew.
The new information is that Sorloth apparently has a €9m release clause should Trabzonspor not use their option.
Sorloth will return to Palace and have a €9m release option at the end of the season if Trabzonspor do not make the loan deal permanent.
Leipzig meanwhile, could only sign Sorloth if Trabzonspor make the deal permanent this summer and then decide to sell.
The Black Sea based side would reportedly only accept a €30m offer which would give them a €24m profit – if they did receive what they want for the striker.
Alternatively, Sorloth could request a return to Palace or to terminate his Trabzonspor loan – although that seems unlikely as he is happy in Turkey.
Sorloth scored 33 goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions last season.
Trabzonspor finished the league as runners-up and won the Turkish Cup.