Matthijs de Ligt transfer twist could open the door for Man Utd to gatecrash Juventus deal

Matthijs de Ligt’s future seemed to be confirmed earlier this week when he agreed personal terms with Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus.

The 19-year-old Ajax skipper has accepted a five-year contract with the Italian champions which will see him earn £10.75million each season.

However, Sky Sports have reported that although the player’s terms have been met, the two clubs are yet to come to an agreement on the initial transfer fee.

De Ligt helped Ajax secure a league and cup double last season alongside a Champions League run which saw them reach the semi-finals.

Several European heavyweights including Manchester United, Juventus as well as PSG were said to be vying for his signature, with the Netherland’s international opting to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.

Ajax have asked the Turin club to pay £67m for his services, but the Juve chiefs are yet to match it.

BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein reported earlier in the week that United are the first and only club to have made a concrete offer for De Ligt, and will be waiting to pounce should Juventus continue to stall.

“Recently I was told that the only offer that was on [Matthijs] De Ligt’s table, of course more will materialise and a lot of it’s verbal, but the only offer on his plate was from #mufc,” he said.

“It was his choice that he didn’t want to go there.”

Dutch football expert Hugo Borst has also given his thoughts on the potential Juventus deal, and outlined it as a poor decision on the player’s behalf.

“If you can choose anywhere in the world you choose the Premier League, Barca or Real Madrid,” Borst told Sport.

“England and Spain have the two strongest leagues in the world.

“In those countries, you can see the best players and watch them improve.

“Juve? Ha! That club is guaranteed to win the league and they couldn’t lift the Champions League even with Cristiano [Ronaldo].

“Why would de Ligt want to go to Italy? [Mino] Raiola [De Ligt’s agent] appears to be demanding a yearly salary of €14m.

“In what moment did De Ligt become so money hungry?”

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