Although a deal is in place for the Dutch international defender’s salary, a fee has not been agreed with Ajax, says the super-agent
An agreement on personal terms is in place between Matthijs de Ligt and Juventus, says the player’s agent Mino Raiola, but a deal must still be hammered out by the Serie A champions and Ajax.
Without a fee in place, the 20-year-old will report to training with the Eredivisie title-holders on Monday, while the two clubs work out a transfer.
“Agreements have been made with Matthijs and it is up to Ajax how the club wants to deal with this,” Raiola told De Telegraaf.
The Dutch paper says ‘reporting sick’ is not an option for de Ligt, so he will report to training, but his agent is hopeful a deal can be done as soon as possible.
Goal had previously reported De Ligt had reached an agreement on a five-year contract with Juventus, which will earn him a total salary of €12m per season in Turin made up of his base wages and bonuses.
That deal also included a release clause – as requested by Raiola – that will be around €150m (£135m/$170m).
However, while they wait on a transfer fee, Raiola says he is keen to avoid an arbitration case, believing that process to be unsuitable for the player.
“An arbitration case is out of the question for us,” the 51-year-old said, “I also advised Matthijs, because it does not suit his style and his lifestyle.
“The player only hopes that Juventus and Ajax will show the will to work and that the deal is completed quickly.”
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De Ligt’s future has been subject to speculation throughout the summer transfer window, following a season that saw him impress for both club and country.
Starring as Ajax’s captain, the 19-year-old guided his team to the Eredivisie crown as well as a surprise trip to the Champions League semi-finals, knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus along the way.
A stoppage-time Lucas Moura goal was all that kept Ajax from the Champions League finals, while De Ligt also enjoyed a run to the Nations League finals with the Netherlands, though the Oranje fell to Portugal.
Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been credited with interest in De Ligt, with his ex-Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong admitting he hoped the defender would join him at Camp Nou.