Chelsea transfer target Matthijs De Ligt has a ‘special release clause’ in his contract at Juventus that becomes active in the summer of 2022.
The release clause will allow clubs to sign the Dutch international defender for 150million Euros or £130million from the end of the current season.
The clause will take De Ligt’s future out of Juventus’ hands with just two years remaining on the contract he signed when he joined the club from Ajax in 2019 for £75million aged just 19.
His signature was signed by the Italian giants against Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain two years ago. But now he could be losing to Chelsea, the European champions.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Fabrizio Romano explained the situation involving the release clause in De Ligt’s contract with Juventus.
“But in particular, because Matthijs de Ligt has a release clause into his contract with Juventus. This clause is valid from next summer, so 2022, it’s a clause valid for 150millon euros.
“So, De Ligt will be available on the market for 150million Euros. This clause was part of the contract since he signed with Juventus, so Mino Raiola was planning for this clause as he did for Erling Haaland with Borussia Dortmund [and] he did the same for De Ligt with Juventus.”
De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola is also the agent of Erling Haaland, who has a £64million release clause at Borussia Dortmund that becomes active next summer.
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“But now this summer will be time for Matthijs de Ligt – as I say next summer, summer 2022 – to be available on the market with this clause,” added Romano.
“Of course, it’s a big clause. It will be really difficult to see any club ready to pay this money, but means that the player could be available on the market.”
Chelsea are interested in De Ligt as they continue to pursue a new central defender, having missed out on signing Sevilla’s Jules Kounde in the summer.
Raiola has also discussed De Ligt’s future, telling Tuttosport [via CalcioMercato] that: “De Ligt and [Alessio] Romagnoli are among the strongest defenders in Europe. De Ligt has a contract, while Romagnoli’s deal expires next year.
“Yes, I think they could play together at Juventus next year, but be careful because De Ligt could also leave Juventus at the end of the season. This is how the market works, there are many clubs who are interested in his services.”
Since joining Juventus, De Ligt has made 79 appearances and won Serie A and the Coppa Italia in two full seasons in Italy.
Their centre back target will be Chelsea when they travel to Turin to face Juventus in the Champions League this September 29.