Matthijs de Ligt Set for Medical With Juventus as I Bianconeri Reach Agreement With Ajax

​Matthijs de Ligt is set to carry out a medical with Juventus on Monday after I Bianconeri finally came to a financial agreement with Ajax for the defender’s signature.

The Dutch international’s future has been one of the most-widely reported transfer sagas of the summer, with a host of sides all previously being linked with an approach, including Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

Matthijs de Ligt

However, ​Juventus have looked to be in the driving seat over the past few weeks and, according to ​Gazzetta dello Sport, the deal is set to be complete within the next few days.

It was ​recently noted that Juventus were working their way up to Ajax’s initial valuation of the 19-year-old and the report from Gazzetta dello Sport confirms that I Bianconeri have agreed to fork out €70m to bring him over to Turin – plus any further bonuses.

Federico Bernardeschi,Matthijs de Ligt

The two clubs – with the assistance of De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola – have been working tirelessly to come to an agreement, confirming the terms after a lengthy negotiation process.

De Ligt is set to sign a five-year deal with the Italian champions and his contract is also expected to include a release clause of €150m in a bid to ward off any future interest.

The youngster’s arrival at Juventus is now imminent and he’s in line to complete a medical on Monday before the deal is officially announced.

De Ligt would be the second player to leave Ajax on a big-money deal this year after ​Barcelona previously agreed to sign Frenkie de Jong for £65m back in January.


UEFA European Under-19 Championships: 9 Players to Watch Out for in Armenia

​Armenia will play host to the UEFA European Under-19 Championships from 14 July to 27 July. The brightest young prospects from across Europe will be competing in a bid to dethrone Portugal, who won the competition in 2018. 

47 countries have already been eliminated and the finals will begin with eight participants: Armenia, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland and Spain. 

Prodigies from these eight finalists will be hoping to propel their countries, as an assortment of scouts from around Europe keep a close eye on player developments throughout the tournament. 

Here’s nine to watch out for…

Ferran Torres

Ferran Torres

It is hard to believe that Torres is still only 19. The Spaniard made 37 appearances in all competitions for Valencia last season, helping them finish fourth in the league. 

The winger was formerly part of the Spain U-17 setup and made four goal contributions as he propelled his country to success at Euro 2017. 

Already exposed to top-level football on a regular basis, he is brimming with potential and has a very bright future ahead of him. 

 Manolo Portanova

Portanova is an impressive midfield starlet, contracted to Serie A champions Juventus. 

He operates in the centre of the park and likes to dictate a game. I Bianconeri view him as a young talent with a bright future. 

The Italian has made 22 goal contributions in 52 Primavera ​1 appearances. The Italy Under-19 squad will be without Alessio Riccardi – another major talent – and Portanova will be hoping that he can be the key figure in the engine room. 

Benoit Badiashile


The 18-year-old centre back currently plays his trade with Monaco. He has proven his talents despite his age and made 20 appearances in Ligue 1 last season. 

The French defender is 6ft 3in, making him a towering presence in defence. He commands his backline and has shown an impeccable level of maturity for his age.

He will be of particular interest to Wolves fans with their club heavily linked to the rising star this summer.

Umaro Embaló

Embalo is one of seven Benfica players to make the Portugal Under-19 final squad. 

He can play either on the right wing or in a central role. His talents piqued the interest of ​Manchester United recently, but reports suggest they were deterred by his hefty price tag.

At the Toulon tournament this year, Embalo netted once and assisted once in three games.

Sergio Gomez

Sergio Gomez

Another talented young gun coming out of Borussia Dortmund, via Barcelona. The 18-year-old can play on the wing as well as in the middle of midfield.

He is extremely creative and will be hoping to break into the Dortmund squad more regularly next season. Gomez has already seen the likes of Jadon Sancho succeed in a young team and he will be hoping his name is the next. 

​Lee O’Connor

The Manchester United man, who will captain the Republic of Ireland in Armenia, is a defender but can also operate in midfield as well because of his vast array of attributes. 

The national side made a last-minute decision on the 18-year-old’s inclusion because they were waiting to hear whether he will be called up for pre-season with United. However, the club believed it would be a good opportunity for O’Connor to travel to Armenia. 

United’s current woes may well result in more opportunities for the likes of O’Connor next season.

Abel Ruiz 

Abel Ruiz

​The 19-year-old Spaniard will be hoping for a similar tournament to the one he had at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, where he netted six goals in seven games. The ​Barcelona B man is an out-and-out centre forward with bags of potential.

This Spain squad for the tournament has a wealth of La Masia members (six current and three former), while Ruiz was called up to the first team and played on the final day of the La Liga season in 2018/19.

Eric Garcia

​Apart from returning with the trophy, Manchester City centre back Garcia’s aim in Armenia will to catch the eye of manager Pep Guardiola.

The 18-year-old has all the attributes to succeed and Guardiola has sung his praises many times already.

He is an excellent passer of the ball and has a fantastic sense of positioning. The club see him as a possible long-term solution to the departed Vincent Kompany. 

Maxence Caqueret

The Frenchman made two appearances for Lyon in the French Cup last season and is pushing to break into the first-team squad. 

Aged 19, the creative midfielder has a very well-rounded game and will aim to use these Championships to his advantage. The future of many established Lyon players appears uncertain and he may very well get more opportunities next season to showcase himself after signing a new deal. 


Juventus Seal €26m Signing of Genoa Defender Cristian Romero

​Juventus have confirmed the signing of centre-back Cristian Romero, who will spend the upcoming Serie A season on loan back with Genoa.

The Argentine only moved to the Serie A last summer, but enjoyed a hugely impressive season in the heart of Genoa’s defence.

Juventus took to their ​official website to confirm the deal, writing: “Juventus announces that the agreement with Genoa for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Cristian Gabriel Romero has been finalised for a consideration of €26m payable in three financial years.

“Juventus and the player have signed a 5-year contract of employment until 30 June 2024. 

“At the same time, ​Juventus has reached an agreement with Genoa for the free loan until 30 June 2020 of the registration rights of the same player and bonuses of maximum €5.3m will be paid to Genoa on achieving given sports performances.”

Last season, the 21-year-old made 29 appearances in all competitions for Genoa, 27 of which came in the Serie A. He was the youngest defender to play at least 25 league games last season, cementing his place as one of the division’s most exciting young talents.

Genoa CFC v SPAL - Serie A

Juventus have been working tirelessly to secure some of the Serie A’s top young defenders. Alongside Romero, they have finalised deals for Sassuolo’s Merih Demiral and Luca Pellegrini already this summer – strengthening in the midfield department also with the signings of both Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot on free transfers.

The best may be yet to come, though, with Matthijs de Ligt poised to imminently join on a five-year deal from Ajax 


Tottenham’s Price Tag for Christian Eriksen ‘Revealed’ With New Contract Agreement No Closer

​Tottenham chaiman Daniel Levy is convinced that he needs to sell Christian Eriksen this summer in order to prevent him from leaving on a free deal next summer, according to an Italian report.

Eriksen has one year left on his current deal with Spurs and seems unwilling to agree an extension, which means the current transfer window could be the last chance for Tottenham to secure a transfer fee for his departure.


It was recently reported that ​Eriksen would be returning to pre-season training with ​Tottenham after his summer break, but now, as reported by ​Calciomercato, Levy is offering him up to the likes of ​Real Madrid and ​Juventus in a bid to secure a sizeable transfer fee.

The report suggests that Levy and Spurs are looking to secure €70m for Eriksen’s sale, making him a much cheaper alternative to the likes of ​Paul Pogba or Isco.

It must be noted, however, that the report fails to mention whether Juventus or Real Madrid are interested in pursing a deal for Eriksen this summer, or whether they are still willing to wait another year before making strides to snap him up as a free agent.

Christian Eriksen

Spurs have already spent big this summer, smashing their previous transfer record to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, so there’s a distinct chance that they’ll be hesitant to spend big again until they have resolved Eriksen’s situation.

What’s more, ​90min also understands that Spurs are still hoping the Ndombele signing will act as a signal of intent, convincing Eriksen, as well as Toby Alderweireld, to sign a new deal with the club.


Juventus End Pursuit of Paul Pogba Due to Hefty £150m Price Tag

Juventus have ended their pursuit of Manchester United’s wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba, after being put off by the lofty £150m price tag put on the player.

Alongside Real Madrid, I Bianconeri have long been seen as one of the likeliest destinations for Pogba, after he admitted he wants a ‘new challenge’ earlier this summer.

Of course, having played in the famous black and white shirt before, ​Juve would not technically qualify as a fresh opportunity as such, although they have changed enormously since his £89m departure back in 2016 and Pogba was duly keen on a return.

Paul Pogba

However, according to the Daily Mail, such a return has now been ruled out by vice-chairman Pavel Nedved, after the former midfielder admitted to agent Mino Raiola that they wouldn’t be able to cough up the £150m required to land the World Cup winner.

The Serie A champions have already brought in Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot to beef up their midfield and, instead of concentrating on Pogba, they will now pursue other targets, with Ajax’s teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt their number one priority, and Fiorentina playmaker Federico Chiesa just behind the Dutchman.

This leaves Zinedine Zidane’s side in pole position to sign 26-year-old Pogba.

However, having already dished out around €315m this window in the purchases of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo, they too are not overly keen on paying the full fee for Pogba.

They have thus reportedly asked the Frenchman to hand in an official transfer request in an attempt to lower the valuation to around £120m. For what it’s worth, United remain adamant the midfielder will stay at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urging the player to stay for one more season to lead the club back to glory.