After months of speculation and about a million reports linking him with moves to different clubs, Matthijs de Ligt has finally put an end to his transfer saga. The most coveted player in Europe this summer has joined Italian giants Juventus, officially confirming his signing.
The Bianconeri have signed the 19-year-old on a five-year contract for €75m, an amount which will be payable for the entire duration of his contract. On a personal note, the Dutch sensation will pocket an eye-watering package of €12m per year and has a release clause of €150m attached to his contract.
Juventus officially confirmed de Ligt’s signing with a statement that read:
“Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax NV for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Matthijs de Ligt for a fee of €75m, payable in five years over accessory charges for €10.5m.”
“Juventus signed a five-year performance contract with the same player until June 30, 2024.”
De Ligt has become the third most expensive defender in history and will remain to be so unless Manchester United snap up Harry Maguire for about £80m from Leicester City.