Surely they didn't really think no one would come knocking for 37mm. I mean transfer fees are outrageous these days even for players who really aren't that great.
Those buyouts are negotiated with the player and their agent and often reflect the player/agent's desire for flexibility in leaving the club or, on the other hand, their loyalty to club more than market value.
It's more likely Dortmund wanted a buyout twice that high but Gotze and his agent wouldn't sign on so he could bail more easily after establishing his value to a bigger club.
For example, Roma will renew Erik Lamela and Marquinhos this summer and the big news isn't going to be the salaries or length of the contracts but the buyout clauses.
That's what will tell fans how much they intend to stay at Roma through the end of those contracts and beyond. Or, at least it will speak to their "loyalty" to the club (like a De Rossi (unlimited) or Cavani (€60+m) with Napoli) that insures a massive payout if they do leave.
This post was edited on 4/29 at 3:16 pm