Matthijs de Ligt: Ajax Defender Joins for Juventus on Five-Year Deal

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Italian champions Juventus have completed the £67.5m signing of 19-year-old Dutch international defender Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax.

The 19-year-old, who had previously been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona, has signed a five-year contract with the Serie A champions.

De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola has claimed that there was an agreement with Ajax for the defender to leave this summer if a suitable offer was made.

Juventus say they will pay an initial fee of €75m (£67.8m) across five financial years with additional costs of £9.47m, making De Ligt the most expensive defender in Italian top-flight history.

De Ligt helped Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals last season.

De Ligt made 55 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19, scoring seven goals while leading his side to a domestic double.

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