Rising football star Matthijs de Ligt has agreed a deal to join Italian champions Juventus from Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax, Sky Italy reported on Saturday.
According to the report, Juventus will pay $78.99 million for the Ajax captain, 19, who was one of the key players in the Dutch side’s run to the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
Should the report prove accurate, de Ligt will become new Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri’s first signing after the Italian was appointed as Massimiliano Allegri’s successor last week.
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Earlier this month de Ligt revealed that he was asked about a move to Juventus by the Italian club’s star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, at the end of the UEFA Nations League final between Portugal and the Netherlands.
“I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed. But I didn’t say anything,” de Ligt had told the Netherlands’ NOS television.
“So soon after the game you are not at all concerned with it. You are disappointed that you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about.”
This news contradicts earlier reports in the Spanish media that de Ligt was set to join fellow Ajax star Frenkie de Jong in a move to La Liga champions Barcelona.