The 19-year old defender has reportedly agreed on personal terms with Juventus and will join them this summer.
Juventus have finally got their key man. Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt is already one of the best centre backs at a very tender age of 19 years. The arrival of De Ligt in Turin would be a boost for Juventus, whose formidable defence has the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, 34, and Leonardo Bonucci, 32, nearing retirement. De Ligt is earmarked as the heir of Chiellini. The Serie A champions already have Ronaldo to spearhead their attack. Now they have acquired another defensive leader, as they continue to pursue their dream of winning the Champions League.
A story in The Guardian on Thursday claimed that the centre-back has said ‘yes’ to the Bianconeri, in a deal that would see him become one of the best-paid players in the world.
De Ligt has reportedly accepted a five-year contract worth €12million a year from Juventus. He will earn a basic salary of €300,000-per-week at Juventus, with performance-related bonuses taking that up to a potential €440,000-per-week. The deal will also have a release clause of €150m.
PSG, however, have still not given up on winning the race for a player who captained Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals last season and who has already won 17 caps for the Netherlands. The PSG sporting director, Leonardo, is still in contact with the Dutch club as well as Raiola, trying to convince them to sell to the Ligue 1 club instead.
But Juventus are very much in the driving seat for De Ligt’s signature. Now it’s down to the Bianconeri to agree on a fee with Ajax over their captain. The Italian outfit is hopeful that somewhere close to €70m should see him come to Turin.
The 19-year old defender has also revealed that he was asked about a move to Juventus by Ronaldo, who moved to Turin from Real Madrid for €100 m last summer, at the end of the Nations League final earlier this month.
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