Pernille Harder of Denmark and Demi Stokes of England England Women v Denmark Women International Freindly football match, Bescot Stadium, Walsall, UK - 25 May 2019 Photo: Eddie Keogh for The FA

Danish striker no longer free to join Chelsea or Manchester United this summer

Danish international striker Pernille Harder no longer has a release clause in her contract with German giants VfL Wolfsburg that would pave the way for her to move to the FA Women’s Super League this summer according to reports from German media outlet Sportbuzzer.

The 27-year-old Ikast-born forward is set to enter the final year of her contract at the AOK-Stadion and it has previously been reported that Harder has been the subject of transfer interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.

Chelsea are rumoured to have offered a transfer fee of €300,000 for the striker, a sum which would have been a record transfer fee for a player in Germany. It is unknown whether that fee would have been close to triggering an automatic release clause in Harder’s contract, however, it is now understood that any clause includes an expiry date which has now passed meaning that the forward is set to remain a VfL Wolfsburg player next season.

Harder could yet be sold by her club this summer, however, it is believed that the decision now sits in VfL Wolfsburg’s hands with the German side in no immediate rush to sell.

The striker has been playing her football in Germany for the last three years after joining VfL Wolfsburg from Swedish champions Linkopings FC.

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