Chelsea now know they can sign highly-rated Schalke youngster Max Meyer for €25.5million due to a release clause in his contract revealed by German newspaper Bild.
The 18-year-old, who is considered alongside Julian Draxler as being one of the most precocious talents in European football, has been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s side in recent times, and as such was offered an extension on his contract with the Bundesliga outfit.
The new deal reportedly contains a clause wherein Meyer can negotiate with suitors if they are willing to stump up €25.5million. Prior to it's agreement the youngster was available for as little as €18million, and so Schalke chief Horst Heldt moved to limit the possibility of him leaving.
The new price tag is unlikely to put of Chelsea this summer as Mourinho continues to mould the squad into one that fits his lofty expectations.
Though Schalke will dread the thought, they may lose both of their starlets at the end of this season, with Draxler having been heavily linked with a move away to a top European team as well.