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European giants win $79M De Ligt race

European giants win the race for $79M Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt

July 13, 2019 By Ali M.
According to reports, all that's left is for the player to sign the deal.

Matthijs de Ligt is one of the hottest names in world football, with several of Europe's elites eager to land. Unfortunately, for many, one club appear to have won the fight for the teenager.

They are none other than Juventus. While the Italian giants have long been tipped as the favorites, Barcelona remained in the mix and there were talks of PSG hijacking his Serie A move.

However, all hope is lost for those clubs as well as Manchester giants, who were also linked with the 19-year-old, as he is on the brink of sealing a transfer to the Bianconeri. According to Corriere dello Sport, all is done but the official announcement.

All that's left is for Juve to announce the deal, according to Corriere dello Sport

Matthijs  de Ligt, Juventus, Serie A

The Italian publications add that his current employers Ajax believe that the Dutchman will put pen to paper on a deal with Juventus very soon. The player will cost the Serie A champions $79M and is set to become the highest-paid defender in Italy.

Maurizio Sarri will add De Ligt to his squad, alongside highly-respected center-back pair Chiellini and Bonucci. Furthermore, Corriere dello Sport states that Cristiano played a crucial role in attracting him to Turin, with the pair seen exchanging a few words when they crossed paths in the UEFA Nations League final.

It's understandable that the whole world is going crazy for De Ligt. Despite being only 19, he showed extreme maturity in captaining Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals. That alone did not win rave reviews, as he was also a solid figure in Erik ten Hag's back-four in their impressive European campaign.

Juventus were likely to win the upcoming Serie A season with or without the Dutchman. However, his arrival, accompanied by the addition of Ramsey and Rabiot, could prove pivotal in the club's goal of winning the Champions League.

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