- The Italian press explains that the last meeting with his agent has not been positive for a Juve that wants to extend the Dutch center-back’s contract, which has been put on the market
Neither renewal nor revision of the clause: Matthijs De Ligt has asked to go on the market, according to the Italian ‘Corriere dello Sport’. Negative confrontation in Milan between Juventus and Rafaela Pimenta, who watches over the interests of the coveted Dutch defender.
What Juve intended, which was for De Ligt to be one of the pillars of the new project, may go to waste this summer. The bomb exploded yesterday during the meeting that took place in Milan between the Juventus board and the soccer player’s lawyer, Rafaela Pimenta, among others. The highlight of the meeting was to discuss the future of the former Ajax center-back.
On the table the issue of the extension of the contract (expires in 2024) and the termination clause. Negotiations had stalled on precisely these points weeks ago. The player, for his part, had made it clear that his personal goals are to be on a team that wins titles.
In little more than an hour of talk, the least desired conclusion was reached: the positions were very distant. The Juventus club intends to extend the contract until 2026 in order to reject even the sirens of the transfer market.
The hunt for Matthijs has already begun, with Chelsea and United on the prowl. However, the path to renew the contract was downhill from the beginning: the player’s entourage sees the 115 million clause as very high and they tried to lower it to 80 without success. Juve understands that the fact of being the highest paid in the squad should be enough.