Juventus Sporting Director To Speak With Matthijs De Ligt’s Agent Over Potential Transfer
Juventus are ready to hijack Barcelona's move for Matthijs de Ligt after reports suggest that the Italian side are interested in signing him.
Tuttosport reported on Monday that Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici would be in Amsterdam on Sunday to watch the 19-year-old centre-back during the international break, with the Netherlands set to face Germany in their Euro 2020 qualifier.
According to the Italian newspaper, Paratici will meet with the Ajax star's agent, Mino Raiola.
Juventus learned last Friday that they had been paired with Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Speaking ahead of the match with Genoa on Sunday, in which the club suffered their first league defeat this season, manager Massimiliano Allegri revealed that he was not underestimating the Eredivisie side.
"Ajax? Needless to say that they eliminated Real [Madrid], which [are] a strong team," he said (via CalcioMercato).
"They are a young, strong team that plays well. It will be different to Atlético. And it is wrong to think we are already in the semi-final, there is a quarter-final, first indeed is the outward from them.
"You have to focus on what to do. The rumors are unimportant: in five days we have gone from failures to being in the Champions League [quarter-final], we want to arrive, to experience these moments with enthusiasm, and if I have to congratulate the boys, it's about the lucidity and the coldness maintained after the 1-0 and 2-0."
In fact, the Juve boss also touched on de Ligt and admitted that he is well aware of the praise that the Netherlands international has received in the past.
"De Ligt? I don't know what he will become," he said.
"Everybody says he is one of the strongest youngsters in the world, we will have the opportunity to see him live and it will be more important than watching him on TV."
Earlier this month, Ajax's director of football, Marc Overmars, said that de Ligt could easily play for "any of the six best teams in the world right now."
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