According to Kicker, the release clause in the contract of Christoph Baumgartner will be lowered if Hoffenheim are relegated.
Baumgartner’s current release clause is valued at €30m, if Hoffenheim fails to stay up his release clause will be lowered to around €15m. Clubs from the Premier League in Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool as well as Bundesliga clubs have shown interest in the Austrian, with Frankfurt being the only named Bundesliga team.
The 23-year-old has been at Hoffenheim since 2018 after moving to the academy from St Pölten in his homeland of Austria, he has a contract at the club until 2025. This season, Baumgartner has played 27 times for Hoffenheim scoring five and assisting four.
Hoffenheim are currently 15th in the Bundesliga one point clear of safety. Before the international break, Hoffenheim were able to beat fellow relegation strugglers Hertha Berlin 3-1 with two penalties from Andrej Kramaric and a goal from Ihlas Bebou.
GGFN | Jack Meenan