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There’s a reported transfer race for Matthijs de Ligt and it’s set up perfectly for Liverpool. The Reds may get what they want.

CalcioMercato put out a piece on Tuesday that outlined the transfer race for Matthijs de Ligt. It’s an interesting one, to say the least, as one of the world’s most promising young defenders has his future entirely up in the air.

There’s one glaring reason for that – Juventus want him to take a pay cut. De Ligt currently earns around £192,000 per week or €12m per year. His contract expires in 2024 and while Juve want him to renew, they’re only offering €7m.

That’s quite the drop for a player who would actually expect to earn more money as he gets closer to his prime. Instead, De Ligt simply wants to find a club willing to match his current terms.

According to CalcioMercato, there are four clubs currently looking into a transfer. Manchester United are one of them – but they can’t guarantee him that salary, either. That would leave Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Matthijs de Ligt transfer race

So as things stand, De Ligt will remain with Juventus for another year. He’d then be in the final year of his contract and would almost certainly leave the club for a discounted fee – which is better than the ‘nothing’ Juve would get in 2024.

As we see it, this is ideal for Liverpool. They wouldn’t want to battle the likes of PSG or City if a big fee is involved, with things instead coming down to convincing the player.

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We think Liverpool could do that, too. They’d be offering De Ligt a role alongside Virgil van Dijk to begin with, before an obvious partnership with Ibrahima Konaté. No one else can put forward such a strong plan for a new centre-back and as long as the club can meet his wage demands, De Ligt can easily see his future at Anfield – and it’s one he’d surely like.

On top of that, Liverpool won’t particularly want to move in 2022 anyway. There are already four elite centre-backs at the club and we don’t expect departures – certainly not from Joel Matip, who is certainly the player to make way for De Ligt long-term.

So all in all, this seems ideal for Liverpool. If they truly want De Ligt, things are shaping up very nicely.

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