Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is high on the transfer wishlist of Barcelona.
The 22-year-old was on the Catalan giants’ radars back in 2019, prior to his move to Italy. And the Blaugrana have continued to keep tabs on his progress ever since and could launch a move to sign him in the summer of next year in order to bolster their backline.
De Ligt, for his part, is believed to be keen on leaving Juve, with his agent, Mino Raiola, also hinting as much in a recent interview.
But the financial commitments involved in signing the Netherlands international could make it a tricky prospect for Barcelona. However, the La Liga bigwigs may have been handed a boost in their pursuit of the ex-Ajax captain, thanks to a clause in his contract with Juventus.
As things stand, De Ligt has a release clause worth a massive €120 million which is expected to rise up to €140 million next year.
However, according to SPORT, Raiola included a special ‘Barcelona clause’ in the defender’s contract with Juventus at the time of the transfer, which would see his release clause amount drop down to just €75 million if the Catalans approach to sign him.
Indeed, as per the clause, if Barça made a play to sign De Ligt, Juventus would be compelled to sell him for the same amount that they paid for him in 2019 – €75 million (plus €10.5 million in variables). For any other club, it would stay at €120 million.
The report adds that Barcelona were made aware of this clause by Raiola last year itself. Now, they might look to take advantage of it next summer as Gerard Pique enters the final phase of his career.
However, wages could still be an issue as the 22-year-old pockets a handsome €8 million per year net salary at Juventus along with an additional €4 million in variables.
Given Barcelona’s current situation, affording those wages is going to be a problem and the club will need to cut some players from the roster while a sacrifice will be needed from the player’s end as well for a move to happen.