Paris - Matthijs
de Ligt is closing in on a move to Juventus after Ajax announced on
Saturday that the rising star will skip the Dutch champions pre-season
training camp due to his expected departure.
In a statement, Ajax named a 28-man squad travelling to the camp in
Bramberg in Austria on Saturday afternoon, adding that "awaiting a
possible transfer, Matthijs de Ligt is not travelling with the group".
Last week the player's agent Mino Raiola told Dutch newspaper De
Telegraaf that a deal had been struck between Juve and the powerful
centre-back, reportedly a five-year contract worth €12 million a season with a €135 million release clause.
However the two clubs had been locked in negotiations with Ajax
reportedly demanding €75 million, but the Gazzetta dell Sport
claims that the a fee of €70 million is set to be agreed.
De Ligt, who turns 20 next month, is expected to join Serie A
champions Juve after wowing with superb displays during Ajax's thrilling
charge to the Champions League semi-finals last season.
He captained the team to a domestic double as their fairytale
European run - which included wins over Real Madrid and Juve came to
a heart-breaking end with semi-final defeat to Tottenham Hotspur after
leading 3-0 on aggregate at half-time in the second leg.
The signing would be the sixth of what has already been a busy summer
for Juventus, who have brought in Maurizio Sarri as coach after
removing Massimiliano Allegri and signed Paris Saint-Germain's want-away
midfielder Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Luca Pellegrini, Merih Demiral
and 41-year-old Gianluigi Buffon, who returns to Turin after a year
alongside Rabiot in the French capital.
It would also be Ajax's second big sale after Frenkie de Jong left for Barcelona in a €75 million deal.