The race to sign Ajax centre-back Matthijs De Ligt is finally over after the 19-year-old agreed a deal to sign with Juventus, which the club’s official Twitter account publicised yesterday.
Pending a medical, De Ligt moves to Turin in a reported £66.5m deal, stating that he is “happy to be here” upon his arrival.
The transfer puts an end to one of the most drawn out sagas of the summer, with Juventus beating off competition from the likes of Manchester United, PSG and Barcelona for his signature.
It will also come as a blow to Liverpool fans, with the Reds thought to be in the race for his signature at one stage; many fans were already salivating at a potential partnership between his compatriot Virgil Van Dijk.
De Ligt even seemed keen on a move to a Anfield when talking to the press back in March, describing Liverpool as a “nice club”.
Having caught the eye across Europe as he captained Ajax to the Eredivisie as well as an unlikely Champions League semi-final last season, it is little surprise to see De Ligt move for such a sizeable few and considering he’s still only a teenager, the fee could still prove to be a bargain.
Although he undoubtedly would have been a fantastic acquisition for Liverpool, with Van Dijk, Matip, Lovren, Gomez and now Van den Berg in the central defensive ranks already, it could be argued that De Ligt simply wasn’t needed.