Transfer News: Juventus given De Ligt boost as Barcelona pull out from race for Ajax star

26 December at 10:15
Not only on the field, but Juventus are also preparing the next market moves and on top of the agenda of the Bianconeri there is the purchase of a young, new centre-back, with one name standing out: Matthijs de Ligt. And the Italian champions have been given a boost, as the most aggressive suitor has pulled out of the race to sign the Ajax star.

According to reports in Spain, Barcelona have decided to abandon the track leading to the Dutch defender. The Catalan club was discouraged by the high asking price (70 million euros) but also the fear of high commissions to the agent Mino Raiola, who intended to exploit the interest of many clubs in order to launch an auction for the player.

For this reason, Barcelona would have decided to focus only on de Ligt's teammate Frenkie de Jong, despite various rumours that the two would only move in a 'package', with Bayern, Manchester City and PSG all interested.

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