Matthijs de Ligt moves step closer to Juventus switch after latest offer

Matthijs de Ligt moves step closer to Juventus switch after latest offer

Juventus are reportedly ready to pay $84 million for De Ligt's services, making him the second-most expensive defender in the history of transfers, behind only Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk.

Ajax departed for Austria as part of its preseason plans, but without its captain as Matthijs de Ligt stayed behind.

De Ligt's future has been the subject of much speculation over the summer, with a number of Europe's top clubs having been interested in signing him at one stage or another.

De Ligt's preference was always to join Juventus despite interest from Manchester United, Barcelona and Liverpool.

Matthijs de Ligt's move to Juventus is on the brink of completion as I Bianconeri and Ajax are said to be in the final stages of negotiation.

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Ajax travel to a training camp in Austria on Saturday, while Juventus are heading to Asia next week.

The Eredivisie champions confirmed defender De Ligt was "awaiting a possible transfer" as they announced a 28-man travelling squad.

He was previously told by Ajax he could leave for £45m, but Ajax legend Marc Overmars was not aware of the agreement and demanded a higher figure from Juventus.

De Ligt has agreed a reported deal worth £10.4m a season with Juve, who extended their record of successive Serie A titles to nine last season.

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