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Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus: De Ligt out of Ajax tour squad

14 July 2019

De Ligt, who was also wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona this summer, is not with the rest of the Ajax squad in Austria for their pre-season camp.

Last week the player's agent Mino Raiola told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that a deal had been struck between Juve and the powerful centre-back, reportedly a five-year contract worth 12 million euros ($13.5 million) a season with a 135 million-euro release clause.

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Matthijs de Ligt's name was very noticeably absent from the 28-man list of players headed to Austria for the first leg of Ajax's preseason preparations, further fueling speculation that a transfer to Juventus is nearing completion.

While de Ligt has chosen Juventus - turning down interest from Barcelona, Manchester United and others - his current and prospective clubs are still to reach an agreement.

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During their pre-season training camp, Ajax will play two practice matches against Istanbul Basaksehir on July 14 and Premier League side Watford on July 18.

Matthijs De Ligt was speculated to join several clubs this summer, but in the end Juventus took the lead in the pursuit of the Dutch International.

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And De Ligt's exit will be the second major departure from the club, with Frenkie de Jong having already joined Barca in a €75m (£67m/$84m) deal.

Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus: De Ligt out of Ajax tour squad