De Ligt, all of Europe on the attack: Juve trembles

TURIN De Ligtthe Juve trembles. The threat from the market is becoming more and more concrete and worrying. Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Barcelona – everyone wants Matthijs. It is the summer of the great central defenders and the Juventus player, of course, is part of this small circle of champions, so he too can enter the domino that is about to change the face of the back wards of the continent’s top clubs. The hunt is on and, in the case of the Dutchman, is also favored by the stalemate in the path that should lead to the renewal of the contract expiring in 2024. There is a basis for discussion and extends the horizon to 2026. The club bianconero aims to extend for two years, but also spreads the salary of the player from 8 million plus bonuses, which makes him the highest paid of the squad. At the same time, however, De Ligt’s entourage wants to file down the release clause which currently amounts to 125 millionset to rise next year to 140, a figure that constitutes a brake on its possible sale. A compromise at altitude was assumed 70-80 million, which in practice would have been the price of farewell, but the discussion has also stalled on this point and is now struggling to take off. On the other hand, it was De Ligt himself who sent clear messages, underlining how he is focused on the “sporting project” and that two consecutive fourth places can no longer be enough. “We will have to make progress”: a clear sign of how Matthijs wants to win.


The picture has become tangled, in short, and now the fear begins to grow that we may not even reach the goal of renewal. Without the extension, De Ligt could end up on the market immediately in order to achieve the maximum possible from its sale, which at most could take place next summer, one year after expiry, at lower figures. If a super off ert arrives at Continassa, what are the consequences? How would Juve behave? Certainly there would be a reflection because certain figures could not pass, especially in a difficult economic situation like the current one, in which the club must act in the name of budget sustainability. But above all, an enormous technical question would arise, which would add up to that generated by Chiellini’s farewell. In fact, Juve already has the need to find a replacement for the captain of adequate caliber; if he were also to think about replacing his designated heir – among other things, one of the interpreters of the new course indicated by President Agnelli, together with Locatelli, Chiesa and Vlahovic – then the question would become extremely complicated.


The radars of the great Europeans are therefore aimed at Continassa to understand the evolution of the story. There is really no one missing from the appeal among those who dream of banging. Leading the squad of Dutch suitors is Chelsea, strengthened by the will of the new owner to conduct a high-profile transfer campaign and to adequately replace Rüdiger. Alongside the Blues, there are also Liverpool, Manchester United (albeit with less appeal due to the lack of participation in the next Champions League) and Barcelona (held back, however, by economic problems). The biggest pitfall, however, comes from a trio with enormous spending power and enormous ambitions: it is made up of the European champions of Real Madrid, the English champions of ManCity and the usual PSG that wants to finally become great. The danger grows, Juve trembles …


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