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Ajax ‘want record De Ligt fee’

July 4, 2019

Juventus are reportedly €20m away from Ajax’s record asking price of €87m for defender Matthijs de Ligt.

There had been talk that Juve were ready to close De Ligt for €67m plus €13m in bonuses, but Sky Sport Italia confirmed last night that their opening bid stood at €55m with €10m in various addons.

Now, Tuttosport is claiming Ajax have increased their demands and now want €87m, using Virgil van Dijk as a reference.

Van Dijk is the world’s most expensive defender at €84.5m, paid by Liverpool in January 2018, and it is claimed the Eredivisie holders believe the 19-year-old is worth more than that.

Goal.com still expects the Dutchman to become Bianconero this summer but only on the terms of his current club.

In the meantime, De Ligt should join back up with Ajax for preseason training on Monday.