Sunday June 23 2019
Juve close on De Ligt and Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot and Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt are expected to sign for Juventus next week, according to multiple Italian sources.

Director Fabio Paratici is rushing through the deals to anticipate any relaunch offers from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

Rabiot is a free agent after his PSG contract expired and Tuttosport claim he agreed to lower his €10m per year salary demands to €7m, compensated with a commission for his mother and agent Veronique.

As for De Ligt, Ajax set the €70m price-tag and then left it up to their defender to agree personal terms with the club of his choice.

According to the latest reports from Italy, he is ready to accept the Juventus offer of €12m per year net salary plus bonuses.

The Bianconeri are rushing to get the deal done and paperwork signed, because they are concerned Paris Saint-Germain will make a new and improved proposal.

Barcelona, however, pulled out of the running, as they baulked at the wage demands for a 19-year-old along with 20 per cent commission for agent Mino Raiola.

It is Juve's closeness to Raiola, via vice-president Pavel Nedved, which allowed them to push through the move.

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