It has been reported that Bristol City captain Josh Brownhill has a release clause in his contract that could enable him to leave the club for a low fee this summer, according to the Bristol Post.
Journalist Gregor MacGregor has stated that the clause amounts to a total of £7 million, which was inserted into Brownhill’s last City contract.
However, it will become active after the end of the season, which may have a bearing on whether the Premier League clubs that are interested in his services make a move for him during this window.
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Burnley have emerged as the main candidates for Brownhill’s signature, but the Clarets also have competition from across the Pennines, as Sheffield United are also keeping an eye on the 24-year-old.
It remains to be seen if this latest revelation will tempt Brownhill’s suitors into acting now, or getting their man for a cut-price deal in the summer.
The catch to the latter option is that many other clubs are likely to show interest because of the clause.
This latest development almost makes it inevitable that Brownhill will leave Ashton Gate in the summer, at the latest, as it will be difficult to keep the 24-year-old with that release clause.
The midfielder has been in good form for the Robins this term, chipping in with five goals for the side and establishing himself as one of the Robins’ most important players that is also versatile positionally.
He joined the Robins from Preston North End on a free transfer in 2016, and has gone on to make 160 appearances for the club in a three-and-a-half year spell in BS3.
Selling him on for a fee of £7 million would represent a substantial profit on the initial investment.