It looks like one of the biggest sagas of the summer is finally reaching its end, as Matthijs de Ligt is about the make his long-awaited move to Juventus from Ajax. The move is on the verge to be completed as the two sides have reportedly come to a financial agreement.
De Ligt has been one of the most, if not the most, coveted players during the summer transfer window after helping his side to have an impressive season both in the Netherlands and abroad. Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain were also on the hunt for De Ligt at some point this summer, but recent reports indicate that Juve have the upper hand to get the youngster’s signature.
According to Dutch news outlet AD, Juventus are ready to complete a deal with Ajax as soon as today, in a move that would take the 19-year-old to Allianz Stadium on a five-year contract. They also note that Juventus have been trying to pay a lower fee than the initial €75 million which was set by Ajax. The Zebras saw an opening bid of €50 million plus add-ons quickly rejected by the Eredivisie champions.
AD also report that both teams think this is the perfect time to complete a deal as they both will soon start their pre-season preparations. Ajax travel to a training camp in Austria on Saturday, while Juventus will leave to Asia next week.
The Lancers are looking to close this deal quickly, as they can count with enough money to find a proper replacement for de Ligt. AD claim that Mexican defender Edson Alvarez is their top target at this moment and the club could acquire him for €15 million from Club America.
Juventus are set to take it all next season and signings like this are the ones that will take them to win their longed-for Champions League trophy. As for Ajax, they keep doing an amazing job developing and selling players since de Ligt would be the second one to leave the club on a big-money transfer after Barcelona previously agreed a deal to sign Frenkie de Jong for £65 million back in January.