Manchester United could pay more than Joshua Zirkzee's release clause and still save money this summer

Joshua Zirkzee is Manchester United's leading striker targetJoshua Zirkzee is Manchester United's leading striker target
Joshua Zirkzee is Manchester United's leading striker target | Getty Images
Man Utd are working on a deal to sign Joshua Zirkzee in the summer transfer window.

Manchester United could choose to pay more than Joshua Zirkzee’s release clause and actually end up saving themselves some money this summer.

While it might sound like a contradiction, United could end up paying a higher fee than the €40 million release clause in order to change the structure of the deal and pay it off in a number of instalments rather than an upfront fee.

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United are wary of cashflow issues as they look to complete a number of deals this summer and are targeting a record level of player sales in order to balance the books and finance their business.

It would therefore be preferable to spend as little as possible upfront on Zirkzee, while renegotiating a deal could also allow Bologna to reach a compromise with Bayern Munich, who are currently owed 50% of any future sale. United are believed to have already agreed personal terms with the Dutch striker over a proposed move to Old Trafford and are prepared to pay the sizeable agent commission associated with a deal.

Zirkzee scored 11 league goals and registered five assists for Bologna last season as they qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

The 23-year-old could become the first signing of the summer transfer window, while United are also working on a deal to sign Matthijs De Ligt from Bayern Munich.

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It seems unlikely a deal for either would be formally announced until next week at the earliest, given their involvement in the European Championship with The Netherlands. They face England in their semi-final on Wednesday night and will either play a third-placed play-off on Saturday or the final on Sunday.

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