Juventus Confirm Signing Of Matthijs De Ligt In £67.5 Million Deal
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Juventus have finally announced the signing of teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt for £67.5m on a five-year deal.
De Ligt's performances in the Champions League last season at just 19 years old attracted the interest of many clubs, with Manchester United, Barcelona and PSG all linked with the centre-back.
However it's been apparent for some weeks now that the Dutchman would move to Juventus and the Italian champions have finally confirmed the news on Twitter.
Juventus confirmed the fee for the player in a statement saying, "Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax NV for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Matthijs de Ligt has been reached for a consideration of € 75 million, payable in five financial years, and additional costs of € 10,5 million.
"Juventus and the player have signed a 5-year contract of employment until 30 June 2024."
Ajax paid tribute to their former player on social media and asked the Old Lady to look after their youth product.
De Ligt, who became the club's youngest ever captain in March 2018, scored the winning goal in the Champions League quarter final last season to knock Juventus out of the competition.
It's the second summer in a row when the Turin club have followed their season by signing the man who knocked them out of the Champions League, after signing Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.
The club are desperate to put an end to 23 years without winning the Champions League but have won Serie A for the past eight years.
Juve have already centre backs Merih Demiral and Cristian Romero this summer, as well as left back Luca Pellegrini to bolster their back line.
The team have also done excellent business in bringing in central midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot in on frees this summer as Maurizio Sarri prepares for his first season in charge at the Allianz Stadium.
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