Saturday March 16 2019
Juve prepping De Ligt swoop

Juventus hope to use the Champions League quarter-finals against Ajax to lay the groundwork for a Matthijs de Ligt transfer, it’s reported.

The Bianconeri will face the Dutch giants in Amsterdam on April 10, with the return leg in Turin on April 16, with the winners going on to play Manchester City or Tottenham in the semi-finals.

According to Tuttosport, Juventus hierarchy will try to make the most of the situation to discuss a possible summer swoop for star defender De Ligt.

He is only 19 years old, but already has 13 senior caps for the Netherlands and is the rock at the centre of the Ajax defence.

There is plenty of competition, above all from Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, but Real Madrid appear to have pulled out after splashing €50m on FC Porto defender Eder Militao.

Manchester City and Chelsea are facing the prospect of transfer bans, so would be unable to bring anyone in.

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