Matthijs de Ligt’s entourage and Juventus held a long discussion over the renewal of the Dutchman with the Bianconeri, but the meeting couldn’t find a quick fix.
According to Fabiana Della Valle (via La Gazzetta dello Sport), Juventus could lose Matthijs de Ligt this summer only if any suitor wishes to trigger the defender’s release clause worth €120 million.
The Dutchman’s contract will expire in June 2024, and clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City have already started taking note of the centre-back’s availability in the transfer market.
Juventus want to extend the player’s contract so that they could spread the player’s balances and lighten the overall wage bill. The 22-year-old recently hinted at his future ambitions by admitting,
“There are talks in progress and when the time comes I will decide whether to extend or look further. I always consider what is best for myself in terms of a sporting project. Two fourth seats in a row are not a satisfactory result, we will need to make progress even if from a personal point of view this it was my best season, in terms of minutes and performances.”
Juventus don’t intend to negotiate the terms regarding De Ligt’s departure at the moment, which means that one team will have to pay the full extent of the release clause to lure the former Ajax captain away from the grips of the Old Lady this summer.
GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder