Ajax Defender De Ligt Finally Closes In On An Agreement With Juventus

De Ligt: Real Madrid enter the race for Ajax defender

Juventus are hopeful of beating Paris Saint-Germain to the signing of Matthijs de Ligt and have started negotiations with the player's agent, Mino Raiola, in order to wrap up a deal.

It had appeared that De Ligt, who has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season that included helping Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals, was bound for Barcelona.

With plenty of defensive options already at their disposal, however, they will likely need to sell before they push ahead with a move for De Ligt, while there is also the possibility of Neymar returning in the summer for what would be a significant sum.

De Ligt broke into the Ajax first team aged 17 in 2016, becoming a regular starter the following season and soon became the most coveted defender in Europe thanks to his strength, anticipation and ability on the ball.

Star forward Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly made a pitch to de Ligt to join him at Juve when the pair met for their respective countries in the UEFA Nations League final this summer. I was a little shocked, so I laughed. "You are disappointed that you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about".

De Ligt has been pretty heavily linked with both PSG and Barcelona in recent weeks.

It is understood the transfer will cost the Italian side in the region of £62m with personal terms yet to be finalised.

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