De Ligt joins Juventus in five-year €75m deal

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Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery (R) vies with Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt during the second round match of Group E in the UEFA Champions League between Bayern Munich and Ajax, in Munich, Germany, on Oct. 2, 2018. The match ended with 1-1 draw. (Xinhua/Philippe Ruiz)

Ajax and Juventus agreed on the transfer of 19-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt from Amsterdam to TurIn, both clubs announced on Thursday.

The transfer fee is 75 million euros (84.2 million U.S. dollars). De Ligt will sign a contract until mid-2024 at Juventus. His contract at Ajax expired in 2021.

With the deal a long transfer soap opera comes to an end. FC Barcelona, which already acquired Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were also interested in signing Ajax captain De Ligt. Last season in the Champions League a header by De Ligt eliminated Juventus and led Ajax to the semi-finals.

De Ligt came through the Ajax youth academy and debuted in the first team in September 2016. In total the 17-times Dutch international played 117 official matches for Ajax, in which he scored 13 times. Last season he captured the Dutch league title and the Dutch Cup with Ajax. 

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