Queens Park Rangers forward is available cheaper for teams who qualified for the Champions League.
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The transfer hunt for Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy has taken another twist, with the Mirror reporting that the former Newcastle United loanee has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for a cheaper fee to clubs in the Champions League.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are believed to have been the two clubs leading the chase for Remy, but the fact that Arsenal would be able to activate his release clause for just £8.5 million, compared to £11m for Spurs, could hand the initiative to Arsene Wenger’s side.
The other club heavily linked with a move, where he spent last season, Newcastle United, would have to splash out £15m to activate the release clause after failing to qualify for any European competition.
QPR bosses are believed to be keen to keep the striker at Loftus Road after their return to the Premier League, but their hand will be forced if a club makes a bid that meets one of the player’s release clauses.
Arsenal and Liverpool are the Champions League clubs who could snare Remy for a fee of just £8m, but neither are believed to have taken their interest beyond earlier enquiries – with the Gunners having cooled their interest since signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.
This could open the door for Tottenham, if they are happy to pay the extra premium having failed to qualify for the Champions League.