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.

DERBY, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Derby County owner Mel Morris is seen on the stand prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at the iPro Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Derby, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

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.

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DERBY, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: General view inside the stadium as the Derby County and Barnsley players observe a minutes silence to mark Armistice Day prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Barnsley at Pride Park Stadium on November 07, 2020 in Derby, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

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.

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