Reports are doing rounds that Matthijs de Ligt is on his way out of Juventus this summer. The 22-year-old Dutch centre back is on radar for top clubs across Europe. The player’s contract expires in June 2024 and he has a release clause of around €150m. Given that the Dutch is the best young defender in the world right now, many clubs are ready to offer money to sign him next summer.
Mino Raiola in an interview recently made remarks about de Ligt’s future. “Matthijs de Ligt is now ready for a new step – he thinks that too”. The Dutch agent added “I think we all know which clubs to mention for Matthijs de Ligt as ‘next step’. We will see this summer. Premier League? It can be Barcelona too, or Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain…”.
Many clubs have been reported to be seriously interested in the young superstar defender and it’s no secret that Barcelona are one of them, as reports always suggested that the club was in talks with Raiola from the beginning and it was always believed that Barcelona is where de Ligt was going to sign after leaving Ajax. So it’s no surprise that a new report today from Nico Shira says that in fact Barcelona have made their first approach to Raiola to try and purchase and sign de Ligt.
Just a few hours after this tweet from the ever reliable Nico Schira, a new report has emerged this morning from Tuttosport.com, one that may calm the nerve of Bianconeri supporters around the world, as the website is now saying that Matthijs de Ligt is in fact extremely happy playing and living in Turin at the moment and would be open to a contract renewal with only one exception, Juventus would need to lower the release clause that right now is set at €150M. No details given to the exact amount Mino Raiola would want the new fee set at. For more on this ever fast developing situation, make sure to follow and turn notifications on for both @emaxstatman and @ForzaJuveEN