Former Ajax Captain Mathijs De Ligt completed a move to Juventus this summer. Barcelona was after Mathijs de Ligt for an extended period, but at the end of the window, he signed unexpectedly for Juventus. The Old Lady signed him for a whopping fee of $88 million (£68million). Barcelona expected him to sign for them after Frenkie De Jong completed his move. Mathijs De Ligt has still not found his foot in Italy, as Sarri has resigned him to the bench in most of the games.
Barcelona will look to sign Mathijs De Ligt from Juventus.
Barcelona has already sacked Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with Quique Setien. One of the main objectives of Setien is to fix the defensive problems. The growing age of Gerard Pique is one of the major concerns for FC Barcelona. Barca is looking to find a replacement for Pique. Hence, Barcelona was behind Mathijs De Ligt as he was the best candidate to replace him.
The 20-year-old, however, has to wait till 2021 to move to any other club. According to reports from Daily Mail, the Government passed a new tax scheme back at the start of 2019. Hence, this scheme has taxed only 50% of Matthijs’ salary.
No Club can buy De Ligt until 2021
The benefits of the tax only apply if the player spends two years in years in Italy admittedly. If the player moves out of the country to any other club, then his current employers will have to pay the penalty. They will have to pay up the omitted taxes they currently enjoy. There will be variation in the amount, as they have to pay the tax until the date of sale. Juventus will look to avoid all this amount at all costs.
Hence, any club who want to buy Mathijs, including Barcelona will have to wait till 2021 to sign him. De Ligt’s current release clause is estimated to be around $175 million (£135 million). No Club can trigger until 2021, due to the existing tax scheme.