Juventus have finally confirmed their €75m capture of the highly-rated Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax on a five-year contract.
The year-long De Ligt transfer saga has finally ended, with the Dutchman choosing to join Juventus over European rivals Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
The 19-year-old’s profile had grown exponentially in the past 12 months after leading Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals. He also lifted the Eredivisie crown for the first time in his career.
It was only natural, therefore, that many suitors had come calling for De Ligt’s services this summer.
After taking time to consider his future, though, the defender turned down the opportunity to join his old Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong at Barcelona for a transfer to Juventus instead.
Although De Ligt’s move to Italy was initially put on hold as Ajax and Juventus struggled to make progress in agreeing on a suitable transfer fee.
But the Dutch champions finally accepted a €75m offer from Juventus, which includes additional costs of €10.5m. So, De Ligt headed out to Turin earlier this week to undergo a medical before putting pen to paper on a five-year deal.
Now, Juventus have confirmed the news that all Bianconeri supporters had been craving to hear.
“Juventus Football Club announces the official signing of Matthijs de Ligt from AFC Ajax, having penned a contract with the Italian champions until 2024,” read a club statement.
De Ligt will make €12m per season over in Turin, which consists of €8m in basic salary with €4m in bonuses.
The centre-back becomes Juventus’ seventh signing of the summer transfer window following the other arrivals of Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Gianluigi Buffon, Luca Pellegrini, Merih Demiral and Cristian Romero.
Under new manager Maurizio Sarri, the Italian champions hope these new recruits will help enable them to end a 23-year wait for Champions League glory in the upcoming season.
💡 LIGTS 🔛 | Matthijs de Ligt officially signs for Juventus! ✍️⚪⚫
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