Italian giants based in Turin, Juventus, have completed the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Holland league winners, Ajax, on a five-year deal worth £68M.
The 19-year-old centre back and former captain of Ajax led his Dutch side as they knocked out Juventus from the UEFA Champions League last season. However, he becomes Juventus’ fourth defensive signing and seventh overall.
See the full list below:
• Cristian Romero(Genoa) - Centre back • Merih Demiral (Sassuolo) - Centre back • Luca Pellegrini (Roma) - Left-back • MATTHIJS de LIGT (Ajax) - Centre back • Gianuligi Buffon (PSG) - Goalkeeper • Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) - Midfielder • Adrien Rabiot (PSG) - Midfielder
De Ligt is now the third most expensive centre back after Lucas Hernandez of Bayern Munich and Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool. Last week, De Ligt agreed on annual wages of €8m + €4m [Bonuses] totalling £11m per season with Juve. On Wednesday, he was confirmed to have passed his medicals and completed his move to Italy.
Juventus’ spending spree could be narrowed down to their thirst for UEFA Champions League success. Their last triumph was in 1995-96 season.