De Ligt completes big Juventus move

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP):Matthijs de Ligt became the most expensive defender in Serie A history after completing a €75-million transfer from Ajax yesterday.Juventus announced the deal’s completion, saying they had signed the Netherlands international to a five-year contract.The 19-year-old De Ligt was captain of the Ajax squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, having scored the winning goal against Juventus in the quarter-finals.The highly regarded centre back is set to join a veteran defence featuring Juventus stalwarts Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.Juventus said in a statement that the deal was “reached for a consideration of €75 million, payable in five financial years, and additional costs of €10.5 million”.While contract details were not revealed, De Ligt’s contract is reportedly worth €8 million per season and could reach €12 million with bonuses.De Ligt’s signing follows those of midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot by Juventus, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon also back after one season away at Paris Saint-Germain.And as Cristiano Ronaldo enters his second season at Juventus, the Turin club is putting together a serious bid to win the elusive Champions League.Since Juventus’ last title in 1996, they have finished as runners-up five times in the top European competition.Strong both on the ground and in the air, De Ligt scored twice with headers in the Champions League last season – with only Ronaldo (four) managing more.He becomes the fifth Dutch player for Juventus after Ouasim Bouy, Eljero Elia, Edwin van der Sar and Edgar Davids.Juventus are overwhelming favourites to win a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title.last_img

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