Ajax teen Matthijs de Ligt to join Juventus

Ajax teen Matthijs de Ligt to join Juventus

According to Sky in Italy, De Ligt has opted for a move to Italy from Ajax after a phenomenal season, in which he helped his side win the Dutch domestic double and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs de Ligt has reportedly made a decision to join Juventus next season, snubbing interest from FC Barcelona and Manchester United.

Juventus, who, this week, paraded former Chelsea chief Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, will pay in the region of £16million per year before tax to the defensive powerhouse.

Asked by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS at the time whether Ronaldo wanted to know if De Ligt, 19, would join him at the Turin-based Juventus, De Ligt said: "That could well be, yes".

However, he has chose to move to Turin after Bayern dropped out of the race early.

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The Portuguese superstar chose to have a cheeky word with De Ligt after Portugal's 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the Nations League final.

"I didn't understand him at first".

De Ligt has been pretty heavily linked with both PSG and Barcelona in recent weeks. The player and his family are now on holiday in Miami and Madrid are hoping to use the downtime to their advantage by quietly letting it be known they would be willing to make a bid if De Ligt is interested in a move to the Bernabéu.

De Ligt broke into the Ajax first team in 2016, aged 17, becoming a regular starter the following season and soon became the most-coveted defender in Europe thanks to his strength, anticipation and ability on the ball.