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Has Matthjis De Ligt justified the €75M transfer fee Juventus paid for him?

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Juventus and De Ligt’s agent are in discussions over extending the current deal but today we assess if De Ligt has actually proved his worth for the fee Juventus paid for him three years ago.

It is quite evident that last year was De Ligt’s best season at Juventus individually, the defender made far fewer mistakes than in the first two years, but even last year there were some big mistakes made by the dutch centre back, especially against Villareal in the Champions League and Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia final.

Against Villareal, De Ligt and Adrien Rabiot were at fault for the equaliser conceded by the Bianconeri in the first leg, meanwhile, in the second leg, De Ligt was culprit of a very silly handball which resulted into a penalty. Against Inter in the Coppa Italia final, De Ligt was at fault for giving away two penalties, one for foul on Lautaro Martinez and the other on De Vrij.

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Even though, he’s been improving since the first day at the club, De Ligt could be still very clumsy at times and he showed it in the big games this season.

To date, I’d say the transfer fee Juventus paid for him three years ago is not justified — as both De Ligt’s individual and Juventus’s collective performances have not been convincing during his tenure, but the story could be different in a few years, De Ligt and Juventus agents are discussing a renewal, we’ll see how things plan out for De Ligt and Juventus in the future.

 

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