Ajax will look to loan Juventus defender

Ajax are showing strong interest in Matthijs de Ligt.

According to a report from Calciomercato, Ajax will look to loan Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The Netherlands international joined Juventus from Ajax in July 2019. His contract expires in the summer of 2024.

Matthijs de Ligt
Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt has played 17 times for Juventus since signing from Ajax, scoring one goal in that time.

The 20-year-old is considered to be one of the best defenders in Netherlands. As a member of Netherlands national football team, De Ligt won 21 caps and he scored 2 goals.

De Ligt is currently out of favor at Juventus and could leave the club.

Erik ten Hag is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him.

AFC Ajax
AFC Ajax

Ajax are desperate to make an impact in the winter transfer window.

There is no doubt that Matthijs de Ligt will take Ajax’s defense to a different level.

According to Calciomercato, “Ajax have asked Juventus to send Matthijs de Ligt back to the club on loan, according to a report from Portuguese newspaper A Bola. The report details how the Dutch club have been following the 20-year-old Dutch defender’s time in Turin. The player joined the club from Ajax in July of last year in a deal worth around €70 million but has struggled to adapt to life in Italy. De Ligt has come under fire from some in Italy due to his poor adaptation to the league, giving away multiple penalties due to hand balls. Maurizio Sarri, the Bianconeri’s coach, has left the 20-year-old on the bench for Juventus’ last three consecutive games across the league and the Supercoppa Italiana, the report highlights. His replacement, Merih Demiral, has impressed dramatically, putting De Ligt’s starting spot in more doubt.”

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Juventus are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the defender, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.

Matthijs de Ligt’s arrival will be a huge boost for Ajax.

Ajax fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.

How strong that interest is and whether Ajax will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.

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