Matthijs de Ligt agrees personal terms with Juventus

De Ligt agrees personal terms in Turin

Mino Raiola has confirmed that his client, Matthijs de Ligt, has agreed personal terms with Juventus.

The Netherlands defender, who's rise to prominence was well documented during Ajax's memorable run in last season's Champions League, has reportedly penned a five-year deal worth around £10 million each year, which equates to roughly £230,000-a-week [Sky Italia].

All that is left to agree between Juve and Ajax now is the teenager's transfer fee, rumoured to be £67 million. It is understood that the Italian champions are currently offering £49 million plus £9 million in bonuses, which is why a deal between the two sides has yet to be completed.

The Dutchman has previously been linked with La Liga champions Barcelona, Paris-Saint Germain and Manchester United.

Speaking to Dutch paper De Telegraaf, de Ligt's agent, Mino Raiola said: "Matthijs has agreed personal terms with Juve.

"An arbitration case is out of the question for us, I advised Matthijs [on this], because it does not suit his style.

"The player only hopes that Juventus and Ajax will show the will to get out and that the deal is completed quickly."

With pre-season at Ajax set to start next Monday, Juventus are keen to get a deal for de Ligt completed this week; if they can't, Raiola has confirmed that the 19-year-old will report to training with the Eredivisie champions.

If Juventus do complete the signing of de Ligt, manager Maurizio Sarri will have a frighteningly strong squad at his disposal next term.

The Old Lady have already signed Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot - both on a free - while the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, João Cancelo and Federico Bernardeschi need no further introduction.

De Ligt's arrival will most probably signal the beginning of the end for either Leonardo Bonucci or Giorgio Chiellini in the heart of Juve's defence, with Sarri famously favouring a flat back-four as opposed to the Italians customary back-three.

There will only be room for one of those two players alongside the wonderkid in central defence, while 24-year-old Daniele Rugani is also making good progress in Turin, so it will be extremely interesting to see who gets the nod when the season kicks off next month.


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