De Ligt out of Ajax tour as Juventus transfer beckons

By Matt Dorman 13 July 2019 769
De Ligt out of Ajax tour as Juventus transfer beckons

Matthijs de Ligt's expected move to Juventus appears close to completion after Ajax omitted their captain from a pre-season trip to Austria.

The Eredivisie champions confirmed defender De Ligt was "awaiting a possible transfer" as they announced a 28-man travelling squad.

De Ligt, 19, has agreed personal terms with Juve and is tipped to sign in a deal worth around €70million.

The Netherlands international trained with Ajax as recently as Friday, but a breakthrough in negotiations is said to have been reached.

It seems the Serie A side now only have to complete the final formalities before announcing their seventh new arrival of the close-season.

One of the world's most in-demand players, De Ligt was linked to Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain before Juve emerged as favourites for his signature.

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