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.More news: Amir Khan beats Billy Dib to claim WBC international welterweight title
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.More news: Jeffrey Epstein: prosecutors accuse financier of witness tampering
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.More news: Widespread Manhattan Power Outage Causes Broadway Cancellations and Delays
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.
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