Juventus have reportedly reached an agreement with Ajax to complete the transfer of Matthijs de Ligt for a fee in the region of €70m.
Despite training with Ajax on Friday morning, doubts continued to linger on whether De Ligt would travel with the squad to their training camp in Austria.
The 19-year-old’s agent, Mino Raiola, confirmed last weekend he’s agreed to join Juventus this summer. Apparently, he will make €12m per season in a lucrative five-year contract.
The only thing standing in De Ligt’s way of joining his idol Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin was Juventus’ reluctance to match Ajax’s asking price of €75m.
Despite rating the defender highly, the Serie A champions only initially tabled an offer of €50m. But Ajax’s director of football, Marc Overmars, was having none of it as he valued De Ligt way beyond that.
Reports broke out on Thursday, though, claiming Juventus had changed their stance against Ajax as the Dutch club prepared to head out to Austria.
As he is still an Ajax player, at least on a contractual basis, De Ligt will be among the squad members travelling Central Europe. However, this is the last thing Juventus want as they hope to include him in their Asia tour.
And now De Telegraaf claims that an agreement has finally been struck between Juventus and Ajax.
The Dutch paper states an unconfirmed fee of around €70m is on the table, with all the paperwork completed. Should this be true, then De Ligt will be able to complete his long-awaited move to Italy.
The Netherlands international could debut against Tottenham in the International Champions Cup (ICC) on July 21 in Singapore.
Following that, Juventus will meet rivals Inter Milan in China for another ICC match three days later before taking on Atletico Madrid in Sweden on August 10.