You can stop wondering or blaming the Italian media for trying to feed you false information.
Matthijs de Ligt, Juventus’ new 19-year-old Dutch defensive superhuman, has officially arrived in Turin. And, as he got off the private jet that Juventus obviously paid for him to take from Holland into town, he wanted to say something to his new set of fans:
Ah, yes. What a welcome sight THAT is. What a welcome sight HE is. And he hasn’t even actually worn the Juventus colors yet.
Matthijs is telling us all how to properly pronounce his name, giving us a quick hello and, most important of all, having us stop wondering when the heck he was actually going to land at Aeroporto di Torino-Caselle and complete this coup of a transfer. (As it turns out, all the reports we heard on Monday are proving to be true — late flight into Turin on Tuesday night, medical set for Wednesday and then likely presentation on Thursday.)
I have to imagine that Fabio Paratici, who has one hell of a summer already, is rather relieved at the mere sight of de Ligt getting off the plane in Turin. It’s been a transfer negotiation for the soon-to-be 20-year-old defender that dates back months, even before Juventus and Ajax faced one another in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Now the deal can be completed, de Ligt can start training with his teammates and, soon enough, board a flight for Juve’s preseason tour. It’s all happening. All of it — and we have visual proof of de Ligt in Turin, which is nice.