Matthijs de Ligt’s agent has confirmed that the player has agreed personal terms with Juventus ahead of a proposed summer transfer.
The 19-year-old Ajax skipper was reportedly interested in a possible move to Liverpool but the Reds cooled due to the numbers involved in making any deal happen plus there were suggestions that Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp had questions about the player’s character.
It is claimed that Juventus have agreed a 5-year contract with De Ligt who will collect a minimum wage of £206,000-a-week. The fee has been quoted at around £60million although this has not been confirmed as yet. [ED: This sounds much less than what Ajax quoted Liverpool]
Agent Mino Raiola (above centre), who recently had a football ban suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) following an appeal, said: “Agreements have been made with Matthijs and it is up to Ajax how to deal with this.”
The controversial Raiola, who is also trying to move Paul Pogba out of Manchester United, is said to be another reason why Liverpool didn’t want to do business for De Ligt.
Liverpool recently signed highly-rated Dutch centre-back Sepp van den Berg (17), who is considered to be one of the brightest young talents in Dutch football, in the hope that he will mature into a player as good as De Ligt. It is claimed that deal will cost the Reds less than £2million.
Van den Berg began training with the Reds at Melwood over the weekend and told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s been great. When I walked in, I was quite nervous, but I talked to the players and the staff and I feel at home. It feels good.
“Everybody has been really nice to me, they all said ‘hi’ and helped me if I had any questions, so it feels a really nice place.
“Jürgen came to me when I walked in, too, so I’m really excited.”