Juventus Set to Announce Signing Matthijs de Ligt on Monday After Agreeing Personal Terms

​Juventus are close to finalising a deal for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt and could announce the youngster’s signing over the coming days.

De Ligt has been on the radar of virtually every club in Europe after impressing for Ajax in 2018/19, playing a starring role in their unexpected run to the Champions League semi-finals, and his future has been hanging in the balance for the entirety of the summer transfer window. 


According to ​Corriere dello Sport, ​Juventus have now completed the majority of the work to secure De Ligt’s signature and are poised to officially confirm his arrival as soon as Monday.

Juventus, who have a decent working relationship with Ajax, have already negotiated a €75m transfer fee and have spent the past week trying to finalise a contract that would persuade De Ligt to turn down the advances of Paris Saint-Germain.

The report claims that De Ligt is set to earn €7.5m to €8m per year, with further bonuses taking that fee to around €12m. However, it’s not entirely straightforward for Juve, as the proposed contract will also include an initial €150m release clause, which was negotiated by De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola. 

This fee may seem rather low when you consider the sort of fees the likes of ​Barcelona – one of De Ligt’s potential suitors – and Real Madrid have been shelling out for players over the past few years.

The news also coincides with recent reports which claim that Juve are also close to securing the signing of Adrien Rabiot on a free deal once his contract with PSG expires at the end of June.


Juventus Reach Agreement With Adrien Rabiot Ahead of Free Transfer From PSG

​Juventus have reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot as his free transfer to I Bianconeri edges closer to completion.

Rabiot’s current contract with PSG is set to expire at the end of June after both parties failed to reach an agreement regarding an extension. The 24-year-old was pushed out of the picture by the French champions in 2018/19, as he didn’t make a single appearance during the second half of the season.

Red Star Belgrade v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Group C

Now, according to ​Goal, Rabiot is set to join ​Juventus in the coming days after negotiating a five-year contract that will see him net £6m per season.

In addition, Rabiot’s mother Veronique, who serves as his agent, is set to pocket a commission of £9m.

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici flew to Paris on Friday to finalise the negotiations, which were clearly deemed to be successful, and a confirmation of the deal is expected to come over the coming days.

Fabio Paratici

Rabiot will become the second midfielder to join Juvenuts on a free deal this summer, after the club previously struck a deal to snap up Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal, whose previous contract was also set to expire this summer.

He’s also the latest in a long line of free transfers to join Juventus in recent years, as the club have previously secured the likes of Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Dani Alves and Emre Can without paying anything in the way of transfer fees.

Aaron Ramsey

In other Juventus-related news, the club are also said to be close to securing a €70m deal for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, who remains one of the most sought after players in Europe.


Adrien Rabiot’s Mother Confirms PSG Exit & Rubbishes Reports Over New Contract Offer

​Adrien Rabiot’s agent and mother, Veronique Rabiot, has denied that her son has turned down a contract extension at Paris Saint-Germain, and that she still expects the midfielder to leave the French champions this summer.

There had been recent speculation that Paris Saint-Germain’s recently appointed sporting director, Leonardo, may be trying to convince Rabiot to stay in France. However, Rabiot’s agent has moved quickly to quash the rumours.


“There is not the slightest discussion between Leonardo and I”, she said in an interview with RTL.

“There was no offer and there will not be any,” she added, seemingly bringing an end to any chance of Rabiot remaining in Paris.

According to The Mirror, Juventus remain the favourites to secure the signature of Rabiot, with the Bianconeri willing to entice the French midfielder to Turin with a £6m-a-year contract. 

Bringing Rabiot to the club on a free transfer would represent more shrewd business on the part of Juventus, who have also brought in players such as Paul Pogba, Sami Khedira and Aaron Ramsey without spending a penny in recent years.

However, Manchester UnitedLiverpool and Barcelona are also said to be interested in making a last-minute bid for Rabiot’s services.

Veronique Rabiot is taking a cautious approach for the moment, as she waits for her son’s future to be finalised.

“It’s better to say as little as possible while nothing is done”, she said, via Football Italia, indicating that Rabiot’s next move is not sealed just yet.

Rabiot has won six titles with PSG, making 227 appearances for the team, as they have dominated French football in recent years. The 24-year-old made just 14 league appearances last season though, with manager Thomas Tuchel failing to pick him in any squad after Christmas, due to his dispute over a new contract going unresolved.


Juventus Agree Deal to Sign Luca Pellegrini With Leonardo Spinazzola Leaving to Join Roma

​Juventus have agreed a swap deal with Roma to sign left-back Luca Pellegrini, with Leonardo Spinazzola set to move in the opposite direction.

Pellegrini has blossomed into one of the Serie A’s most exciting left-backs, attracting serious interest from AC Milan.

Luca Pellegrini

However, according to ​Gianluca Di Marzio, it is ​Juventus who have won the race for the 20-year-old’s signature, striking a deal which will see Spinazzola head to Roma.

The two clubs are now thought to be working to agree personal terms with their potential new signings, but that is not expected to prove problematic. Both will undergo medicals on Saturday, in the hope that the deal will be finalised soon after.

After returning from a serious knee injury, Spinazzola struggled to displace ​Alex Sandro in Juventus’ starting lineup, but found himself given plenty of opportunities towards the end of last season under former manager Massimiliano Allegri.

Leonardo Spinazzola

However, he now appears set to leave the club this summer, bringing an end to his nine-year tenure with the Bianconeri.

Spinazzola will be replaced by Pellegrini, who thoroughly impressed during his loan spell with Cagliari last season. He made 12 appearances for the club after his January move, grabbing an assist for good measure.

luca pellegrini

Primarily a left-back, Pellegrini is comfortable further forward on the left wing and has even operated as a central midfielder at times. This versatility is thought to be incredibly appealing for Juventus, who had to fend off interest from ​Milan to get this deal over the line.

In total, he managed just six appearances for Roma, who struggled to find a place for Pellegrini in their starting lineup.


Paul Pogba ‘Told’ Ex-Teammates He Wants Juventus Return Ahead of Crunch Talks With Man Utd

Reports have emerged claiming that Paul Pogba ‘told’ his former Juventus teammates that he wants to return to the club this summer while attending Andrea Barzagli’s birthday party last month. 

The midfielder has had a mixed time of it since rejoining Manchester United back in 2016, and endured a difficult season in 2018/19, which ended in disappointment as the club failed to qualify for the Champions League places.

After three seasons plagued with controversy and inconsistency, he has been linked heavily with an exit, with a return to ​Juventus very much on the cards alongside a potential move to ​Real Madrid. 

Paul Pogba

It’s the former that a report from the ​Mirror focuses on, sourcing ‘reports in Italy’ in claiming that while at a party celebrating Barzagli’s 38th Birthday last month, the midfielder told former team-mates – without specifying which – that he ‘wants’ to return to Juventus.

That alone isn’t much to go on, but it does serve as one small instance of mounting circumstantial evidence that he is keen to leave Old Trafford.

Another comes via Marca (as per ​Sport Witness) who say that Pogba will meet with Solskjaer at training next week and ‘reiterate his desire’ to leave the club.


As things stand, ​United don’t want to sell and have even faced ​pressure from kit manufacturers adidas to hold onto the 26-year-old due to concerns over their branding capabilities without him. 

Should the right bid come in, however, it would free up substantial funds for Solskjaer to rebuild the squad in his image, so that will undoubtedly be weighing on the minds of the hierarchy.