Report: Juventus in pole position to sign Matthijs de Ligt

Juventus have reportedly won the race for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt’s signature this summer for an alleged €70m fee.

19-year-old De Ligt’s future has been, perhaps, the biggest topic of the summer transfer window. The one thing that always seemed certain is that he will leave boyhood cub Ajax.

Several media outlets across Europe have tipped Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich to bid for the teenager’s services.

Meanwhile, De Ligt himself has continually remained coy on his future plans much to the frustration of Barcelona. For a long time, the Catalan club were favourites after signing his Ajax and Netherlands team-mate Frenkie de Jong.

But Sky Italia and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf have both announced that De Ligt has instead decided to head over to Juventus.

Apparently, the Ajax captain is set to sign a five-year contract to join the Serie A champions. He will also earn a lucrative salary between €15m to €20m per season as part of the deal.

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Meanwhile, Juventus will reportedly pay Ajax up to €70m to seal the transfer of the in-demand De Ligt.

This new development in Turin comes just 13 days after the UEFA Nations League final between Portugal and Holland, where Ronaldo approached De Ligt and asked him to join Juventus.

“That could well be true,” said De Ligt on Ronaldo’s request at the time.

“What did I say? 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.”

Ronaldo has also set his sights on a reunion with his old Real Madrid team-mate James Rodriguez at Juventus. The duo are close friends and the forward hopes that the Colombian playmaker will be able to provide him more opportunities to smash home goals next season.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – JUNE 09: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal chats with Matthijs de Ligt of the Netherlands after the final whistle during the UEFA Nations League Final between Portugal and the Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 09, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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