Raiola did not want to make the same mistake with De Ligt as he did with Pogba
Serie A Wanted a release clause inserted
Mino Raiola is finding it difficult to get one of his big-name clients, Paul Pogba, out of Manchester United as the English side are able to negotiate whatever price they deem to be acceptable, so the agent was determined to not make the same mistake with Matthijs de Ligt‘s impending move to Juventus.
The deal is almost completely done for the Ajax centre-back to join Juventus, but Raiola wanted a release clause of 120 million euros inserted into the Dutchman’s contract from the third year of his deal, a sum that he considers to be affordable. The 51-year-old refused to sign off on the transfer until a release clause was added in order to prevent De Ligt from being kept in a golden cage, as Pogba is currently in at United.
Juventus stood firm and refused to add in a release clause that is so close to what they are paying for De Ligt, given that they are set to pay 70 million euros for the defender, in addition a salary of 11m euros a year net. They found it incomprehensible that he could leave three years later for 120m euros.
In the end Raiola has managed to include the release clause, though he has had to compromise as De Ligt will be allowed to negotiate with other teams for 150m euros from the summer of 2022. Juventus had wanted it to be 200m euros, but ultimately they have found a common ground. De Ligt has already given his OK for the move, which is expected to be announced in the coming hours.