Liverpool want Matthijs de Ligt and are thinking about a transfer, according to reports. The Dutchman could leave Juventus.
This comes from Calciomercato. Matthijs de Ligt is entering the final two years of his contract and teams are now lining up to pry him away from Juventus.
Juventus, for what it’s worth, hope to extend his contract until 2026 but admit they might need to lower his release clause in order to make that happen. If he won’t re-sign, then they could opt to sell now while De Ligt’s value remains high.
And Liverpool, apparently, could try to capitalise on that. Jurgen Klopp and co. are considering making a move this summer – though, it hasn’t gone beyond that.
Liverpool want Matthijs de Ligt
This would be a massive signing – there’s no denying that. De Ligt is still only 22 but has accomplished so much already in his career. He’s a leader, brilliant on the ball and wonderfully athletic for a defender.
He arrived at Juventus in 2019 as the next big thing, with expectations of becoming the world’s best down the line. Now, he hasn’t quite lived up to those standards.
De Ligt has actually had some very poor form over the last few years, in fact. This year he turned things around a little, with Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal saying he’d ‘risen from the darkness’ and found himself again.
That’s certainly quite dramatic but there is a sense that De Ligt is back on the right path. It’s no real surprise that Liverpool would want that path to lead to Anfield, either. They need long-term successors to Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip – De Ligt could certainly fill a void there.
We’re just unsure that 2022 is the year for that. 2023 or 2024 makes a lot more sense, given Liverpool already have four fantastic centre-backs right now. Would De Ligt actually play every week? Maybe if Joe Gomez moved on but it’s not as though that would give up a lot of minutes for the Dutchman.
So while this is certainly one to watch, we’re not totally sold it’s possible right now.