Thursday 19 September 2019

If you can’t beat ’em, sign ’em: Juventus pay Ajax €70m for De Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt celebrates beating Juventus in last year’s Champions League. Photo: Pim Ras/HH

Ajax’s teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt has ended weeks of speculation by completing a transfer to Italian champions Juventus.

Paris St Germain and Barcelona had also been chasing the 19-year-old’s signature, but Juventus emerged as favourites two weeks ago when it was reported that the player had agreed personal terms.

The clubs are said to have agreed a transfer fee in the region of €70 million. De Ligt was one of the most coveted players from the Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season and won the Golden Boy award for Europe’s most promising young player.

He scored the winning goal in Ajax’s 2-1 win against Juventus in last season’s Champions League quarter-final. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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