Transferticker: Matthijs de Ligt is apparently facing change to Juventus Turin
The much-adored Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt is apparently before a move from Ajax Amsterdam to the Italian football champions Juventus. According to the Dutch newspaper "De Telegraaf", the club has presented the 19-year-old defender with a contract that is "almost impossible" to refuse, as the newspaper claims to have learned from well-informed circles around the player.
Juve is ready to pay more than 70 million euros for the Dutch national player. The TV broadcaster Sky Italia reports that de Ligt has already decided to change to Juve. De Ligt said, according to the TV station and the Telegraaf, Turin's Cristiano Ronaldo had talked to him about a possible move to Juventus - after the final of the Nations League between Portugal and the Netherlands.
Most recently, French champions Paris Saint-Germain are said to have been interested in signing the central defender. Also the FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich were considered as interested parties.
With Amsterdam De Ligt had won the Dutch championship and the cup. In the Champions League Ajax had failed in the semifinals at Tottenham Hotspur. Previously, the team had turned off, inter alia, Juventus.
Eusebio Di Francesco has a new job: The former coach of AS Roma has signed a three-year contract with Serie A rival Sampdoria. This has confirmed the club. The Roma had separated one day after the end in the Champions League round of 16 against Porto by Di Francesco.
The 49-year-old now replaces Genoa's Marco Giampaolo, who was recently signed by AC Milan. Sampdoria had finished the season in ninth place in the table.