Previously the subject of a multi-club tussle – including Liverpool, if claims are to be believed – the 19-year-old Dutchman looks like he’ll be making the move to the Italian champions.
The De Ligt transfer has been the hottest topic of this summer’s transfer window, but it seems like the story will be finalised shortly with the Bianconeri stealing a march on their rivals.
Juventus have made new contacts with Ajax in recent hours to discuss a deal for Matthijs de Ligt. Strong move from The Bianconeri 👀💎 https://t.co/bJcDvqoiHg
— Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) June 22, 2019
Barcelona were thought to be first in line for his signature, but that move has apparently been thrown into doubt after Mino Raiola demanded a mammoth agent’s fee that the Catalan club weren’t keen on.
De Telegraaf claim Juventus will shell out €70m (£62m) to buy De Ligt.
The Serie A side hope to complete a five-year contract and will be paying him between €15m (£13.4m) and €20m (£17.8m) per season.
After losing the UEFA Nations League final against Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo was seen talking to the 19-year-old.
“What I answered? I didn’t understand him at first. So I said… no, I didn’t say anything.
“I was a bit shocked, that’s why I laughed. But I didn’t say anything. Just after the game you just feel bad that you’ve lost, that’s all you’re thinking about.”
🗣 De Ligt: “Ronaldo asked me to come to Juventus. I was a little shocked by that question, that’s why I laughed. I didn’t understand him at first.”
Agent Ronaldo? 👀 pic.twitter.com/lTGTsmbduK
— Goal (@goal) June 22, 2019
After Barcelona, PSG seemed second-favourites to land the in-demand centre-back, but De Telegraaf report that the situation has moved on and the Old Lady are now in pole position.
The Amsterdam-based outlet claim Mino Raiola has a solid connection with Juve and that good working relationship could be pivotal in them securing De Ligt.
In diametric opposition, the Reds have had a torrid time of it with Raiola which was one of the reasons we suggested a De Ligt move to Anfield would be complicated.
🗣 Aldridge: “Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt have formed a great defensive partnership with the Netherlands and I’m sure they would like to build on that at Liverpool. De Ligt is the kind of player that Klopp should be targeting. Liverpool should go after him.” #LFC ❓ pic.twitter.com/Ac4DKpdSsf
— Goal (@goal) June 11, 2019
Realistically, that wasn’t even the most telling factor; while De Ligt would be a valuable addition to Jürgen Klopp’s backline, alongside Netherlands teammate Virgil van Dijk, we’re already well-stocked.
Joe Gomez’s return and an inspired Joël Matip, in front of Golden Glove winner Alisson Becker, means centre-back is far from a troubled position for us.
It never seemed likely we were going to pay exorbitant amounts for the Dutch defender with the quality options we have – instead, it will be about covering the full-back slots and signing that elusive, versatile attacker to play across the front three.