According to The Athletic, there is no relegation get-out clause in Erik Alonso’s potential takeover of Derby County.
The 29-year-old businessman is expected to complete a takeover of the club in the near future as Mel Morris attempts to sell up.
Alonso, whose family have earned their wealth through the hotel industry, has allegedly sent proof of funds to the EFL, and is ‘eagerly committed’ to a deal.
That’s despite Derby hovering just above the relegation zone, just four points clear of the drop. Rotherham have two games in hand on the Rams too.
Alonso seemingly isn’t put off by the idea of paying up for Derby and then seeing the club drop into League One, with no get-out clause in the deal.
The Spaniard is no doubt aware that the value of the club would plummet in the case of relegation, but he’s not concerned.
Alonso wants to expand Derby’s scouting work abroad and ultimately return to the Premier League, whilst a host of players are believed to have relegation clauses in their contracts, with wages being cut.
This is encouraging stuff for Rams fans. Alonso seems committed to a long-term project at Derby, no matter what division they’re playing in next season.
Wayne Rooney’s future will be up in the air no matter what happens, but with Alonso’s deal now going through EFL ratification, there could be a bright future ahead for the Rams – even if relegation does happen.