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'In trouble': Italian media claim Juventus could have a big problem if £68m star signs for Liverpool this summer

Juventus simply cannot allow star defender Matthijs de Ligt to join Liverpool, or any of Europe’s big clubs this summer.

Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claim that Juventus will be in ‘trouble’ if they do let de Ligt leave in the current window.

They report that ‘all of Europe’ is on an ‘assault’ to take the defender away from Turin. As well as Liverpool, they namecheck Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG, Barcelona and both Manchester clubs as wanting the Dutchman.

Should de Ligt leave Juve, it’s claimed that the defence would have to be ‘totally redesigned.’ That threat is said to be a real one, with interest in the 22-year-old becoming ‘increasingly concrete.’

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de Ligt enticing, but unlikely at Liverpool

Reports linking Liverpool to de Ligt have ramped up over the last couple of weeks. But it would seem like an unlikely deal.

As his contract issues at Juve rumble on, it looks feasible that he may be on the market. But having just committed at least £64m to Darwin Nunez, Liverpool surely aren’t going to go big again this summer.

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de Ligt cost Juventus £67.5m when he signed in 2019. He perhaps hasn’t quite blossomed as expected in Serie A, but you would expect the Italians to at least aim to recoup their money.

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For that reason, any of the other names on the list from Corriere dello Sport look more likely than Liverpool.

The Reds are also well-stocked in defence currently. Yes, the idea of de Ligt and Konate forming a partnership at Anfield is indeed enticing. As is the prospect of partnering Virgil Van Dijk with his international teammate.

But Liverpool have other areas they need to address more urgently, namely the midfield. If they do decide to loosen the purse-strings again this summer, expect it to be on a midfielder, rather than a centre-back.

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