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Report: Matthijs de Ligt Signs Juventus Contract Ahead of Transfer

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2019

Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Peter Dejong/Associated Press

Matthijs de Ligt reportedly has signed his Juventus contract and will soon have his medical, completing a €75 million transfer from Ajax

The Guardian's Fabrizio Romano reported the news:

Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano

Matthijs de Ligt is a new Juventus player, done deal and contracts signed! Tomorrow night he’ll arrive in Torino and he’ll have medicals on Wednesday. ⚪️⚫️ @SkySport #transfers #deLigt

On Instagram, Romano reported the fee and added De Ligt's contract will run until 2023. The deal was agreed on three weeks ago, per Romano. 

The report came just hours after Ajax director of football Marc Overmars told Voetbal Internationaal (h/t Football Italia) the deal to take De Ligt to Turin was as good as done:

footballitalia @footballitalia

#Ajax director Marc Overmars confirms “the end is in sight” for Matthijs de Ligt and his #Juventus transfer. “It’s about bank guarantees now.” https://t.co/QnHBMn2rNI https://t.co/5BXOI1Awlt

Ajax had already left him out of the squad for their training camp in Austria:

Adam Digby @Adz77

Matthijs De Ligt is left out of @AFCAjax squad for tour to Austria. Club say he is “waiting for an eventual transfer” #Juventus https://t.co/HPB5IfYWR9

De Ligt's future has been one of the longest-running and most high-profile sagas of the summer. He was previously linked to Barcelona, and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu claimed he already knew where the youngster would end up back in April, per ESPN FC's Sam Marsden.

Football Italia reported there were also links with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. 

The 19-year-old was the defensive rock behind Ajax's stellar 2018-19 campaign, in which the Dutch club won the domestic title and cup and made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Despite his young age, he wore the captain's armband.

Juventus have already signed two promising centre-backs this summer, sending Cristian Romero back to Genoa on loan and adding Merih Demiral to the squad from Sassuolo. 

De Ligt is a far more established star, however, and will be expected to have a more immediate impact than Demiral.

With Andrea Barzagli retiring at the end of last season and Giorgio Chiellini now 34 years old, the Bianconeri had a real need for youth at the position. The addition of De Ligt should more than make up for the loss of Barzagli, as he could be a cornerstone for the club for years to come.

Per Football Italia, his deal will include a €150 million release clause, which will increase every year. His €75 million price tag will already make him one of the most expensive defenders of all time, however, so few clubs will be able or willing to go anywhere near that clause. 

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