Tottenham can now sign Conte target for £54m, club happy to accept £14m loss
According to La Repubblica, Juventus are willing to sell Matthijs de Ligt for £54m, with Tottenham said to be interested in the defender.
What’s the story?
Well, the Italian news outlet believe Juventus are happy to part with the Dutchman, which is good news for Tottenham.
De Ligt has become frustrated with life in Turin, which has alerted Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Juventus paid £68m to sign the 22-year-old from Ajax when he was just 19, after he shone for the Dutch giants in the 2018/19 Champions League.
De Ligt could’ve even won the tournament, but he and Ajax crashed out at the hands of Lucas Moura with seconds remaining in the semi-final.
La Repubblica‘s update comes after Calciomercato initially claimed that Antonio Conte wanted to bring the 33-cap Netherlands international to north London.
So far this season, De Ligt has shone for Juventus, making 23 appearances in all competitions.
Matthijs de Ligt would be a phenomenal signing for Tottenham
In our view, this would arguably be the best signing Tottenham have made for many, many years.
De Ligt is one of the best centre-backs in Europe – even at 22 – and already boasts a wealth of experience in the Champions League.
The Dutchman has made 27 appearances in Europe’s greatest club competition.
De Ligt is also a huge character for his age, and it’s clear for all to see that he’s a natural leader.
Just take a look at this speech he delivered to 100,000 Ajax fans at the age of 19 – the future is seriously bright for the Juventus No.4, to say the least.
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Matthijs de Ligt delivered this speech to 100,000 Ajax fans when he was 19.
Natural leader 💪
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 25, 2021
Tottenham definitely need reinforcements at centre-back, but if they pulled this deal off, it would be hugely surprising.
Just imagine a centre-back pairing of Cristian Romero and De Ligt – it would be utterly formidable.
Keep an eye on this saga – if Daniel Levy decides to meet the asking price, who knows what could happen.
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