Juventus announced the signing of Dutch Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax for 75 million euros
Dutch central defender Matthijs de Ligt confirmed on Thursday for Juventus from Ajax for 75 million euros ($84.2 million), the Italian champions stated.
The 19 year-old Netherlands international that captained his former club in their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals last period has signed a five-year manage the Serie A champions.
De Ligt has played 17 times for the Netherlands.
The cost for De Ligt, 19, makes him Juventus’ third most costly signing in their history after the 105 million euros they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo and also the 90-million-euro transfer of Gonzalo Higuain.
He played 90 minutes in 17 of Ajax’s 18 Champions League matches last season, racking up three goals in a run which culminated in a semi-final defeat to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on away goals.
De Ligt had told Netherlands’ NOS television in June that Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo asked him to join the Turin-based club at the end of the Nations League final after Portugal defeated the Netherlands 1-0.
De Ligt had been connected with numerous of Europe’s leading clubs after his impressive efficiencies that helped a young Ajax side get to the Champions League semi-finals last period.
After burglarizing the Ajax first team aged 17 in 2016, De Ligt established himself as a regular starter over the adhering to the season as well as soon came to be the most desired defender in Europe because of his toughness, anticipation, and ability on the ball.
He played 117 games for Ajax in all competitions, scoring 13 goals and he scored the winner in Turin as Ajax eliminated Juventus in the quarter-finals of Champions League.
De Ligt turns into one of the most costly defenders on the planet, with his national team captain Virgil van Dijk first following his move to Liverpool from Southampton for 75 million pounds in 2018.
Spanish media reported that the Catalans had additionally courted De Ligt, however, the player’s agent Mino Raiola said at Juventus’ headquarters on Wednesday that the Italian club was always the desired destination.
The agreement consists of a buyout provision of 150 million euros that will be activated in its third year.
De Ligt did win the Eredivisie title as well as Dutch Cup in his final campaign at Ajax, along with teammate Frenkie De Jong, that has since joined Barcelona.