OFFICIAL: Juve sign €85.5m De Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt has completed his €85.5m transfer to Juventus from Ajax, making him the most expensive defender in Italian football history.

A statement on Juve’s official website reads: “Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax NV for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Matthijs de Ligt has been reached for a consideration of €75m, payable in five financial years, and additional costs of €10.5m.

“Juventus and the player have signed a five-year contract of employment until 30 June 2024.”

It is understood the €10.5m in additional costs go towards commission for his agent Mino Raiola.

De Ligt, who turns 20 next month, flew in on Tuesday night and underwent his medical yesterday at the J-Centre in Turin.

He passed with flying colours and has now put pen to paper on his deal, worth a reported €7.5m a season plus €4.5m in bonuses.

The centre-back is a senior Netherlands international and wore the captain’s armband for Ajax, having come up through their legendary academy.

He is considered to already be one of the world’s best in his position and won the 2018 Golden Boy award, handed out by Tuttosport to the young player most likely to make a huge impact in the coming year.

He will be unveiled by the Bianconeri at 10:00 BST on Friday.

Image credit juventus.com

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