Ajax will be departing for a preseason training camp in Austria in a matter of days. Whether Matthijs de Ligt is on the Ajax flight to Austria is something that will be a wait-and-see kind of proposition.
When it comes to Juventus’ point of view, the goal is to make sure de Ligt doesn’t join his current Ajax teammates.
According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the goal from Juventus’ end of the negotiations is to have a deal for de Ligt completed and the possibility of presenting him as the club’s latest signing on Saturday. The two clubs are getting closer and closer on an agreement for the 19-year-old defensive starlet, with Juventus reportedly offering €67 million this week, very much closer to the €75 million asking price Ajax has held firm on ever since negotiations began.
There is even the possibility, De Telegraaf points out, that Ajax could accept the current €67 million bid from Juventus.
At this point, all that we’re waiting on is for word from the Dutch or Italian press that a deal has been struck and the subsequent reports of when de Ligt will roll into Turin to arrive.
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Juventus and de Ligt have already agreed to personal terms, which was never going to be an easy task because the defender’s is the notorious Mino Raiola. But, as of last weekend, we’ve known that the only thing remaining was business between the two clubs, with Raiola saying “All that’s missing is an agreement between Juventus and Ajax on the fee.” The Dutch teenager, one that was crucial in Ajax eliminating Juve from the Champions League quarterfinals last season, will reportedly earn €12 million a season plus bonuses when he does in fact sign his shiny new five-year contract in Turin.
So, basically, now we wait. And if de Ligt is a Juventus player come this weekend, then he will be able to head out to Asia with the rest of his new teammates and take part in Juventus’ International Champions Cup games against Tottenham and Inter later this month.