The race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt seems to have finally have reached its conclusion, with Juventus agreeing a £62m deal for his signature, according to a report from Sky Sports Italy this morning.
Having captained Ajax to the Eredivisie as well as a hugely impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals last-season, De Ligt had all of Europe’s top clubs vying for his signature this summer, with Liverpool said to be one of the interested parties.
Manchester United and PSG were also keen, while De Ligt turned down the chance to follow his friend Frenkie De Jong in trading Amsterdam for Barcelona.
The 19-year-old admitted back in March that a transfer to Anfield “could happen” and that Liverpool were a “nice team”; the prospect of playing regularly alongside international teammate Virgil Van Dijk was thought to be enticing as well.
Although De Ligt is undoubtedly one of the best young talents in world football and is an astute signing for Juventus, it always seemed doubtful that he’d end up at Liverpool this summer. With Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren already at Klopp’s disposal, signing another central defender, especially for such a large fee, didn’t appear overly realistic.
It’ll be intriguing to see if De Ligt is able to fulfil his massive potential with the Old Lady.