De Ligt listened to Ronaldo – he’s going to Juventus after closing in on €69m transfer from Ajax
Portuguese phenomenon Cristiano Ronaldo managed to persuade Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt to join him with Italy’s champions, Juventus.
The young Dutch starlet has been attracting interest from the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but, thanks to some pressure from Juventus star Ronaldo it seems that the deal will be sealed with the club soon.
Juventus are finalising de Ligt’s personal terms worth €12 million a season over five years. Reports in Italy claim Juventus have yet to agree on a fee with Ajax for De Ligt but that his proposed five-year contact is set to include a release clause worth around €150 million.
Italian media sources claim that his move will be finalised in the coming days, with the fee expected to be at least €69 million.
How did this transfer come about? This is how it happened.
Right after Portugal got their 1-0 on Holland, Mr Confident Diva his Excellency Ronaldo felt that it was the perfect moment to asked Netherland opponent Matthijs de Ligt to join him at Juventus. Just in case you have missed it, here’s the link https://bit.ly/2X4KBA1
De Ligt was probably still digesting the loss at that time, but Ronaldo wanted to put up his moral by proposing to join him at Juventus. After all, it’s not an everyday thing that Ronaldo proposes players to join him with his current club.
Now that the summer holidays started, the young Dutch starlet decided to give it a thought or two, and here comes the deal with Juventus.
De Ligt left his mark as one of the most sought-after players in Europe after a stunning breakout season in which he led a young Ajax side to within moments of the Champions League final. The team performed excellently and managed to dub some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Barcelona had been touted as a possible destination for the defender, whose Ajax and Holland team-mate Frenkie de Jong has already moved to the Nou Camp.
Another interesting club was Manchester United since they wanted to boost their defence, but for now, Juventus had it better.
The only obstacle for Juve’s deal was his manager’s transfer ban, but it was lifted and some reports suggest PSG remain in the race for the defender with Juventus and Ajax yet to find common ground over a fee.
Ronaldo’s superpowers keep the 18-year-old in high spirits after his side suffered a 1-0 defeat at the Estadio Dragao during the Nations League final in Portugal.
De Ligt was seen laughing with Ronaldo after the final whistle.
When asked what the conversation was about, he revealed that the legendary forward was trying to recruit him for the Italian champions.
‘He asked me to come to Juventus,’ the 19-year-old told NOS. ‘I was a little shocked by that question, that’s why I laughed. I didn’t understand him at first.’