Ian Rush tops 5 Liverpool – Juventus deals as Klopp targets £67.5m star
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Ian Rush tops 5 Liverpool – Juventus deals as Klopp targets £67.5m star

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Liverpool are interested in signing Matthijs de Ligt as Jurgen Klopp dreams of boasting the defender with his compatriot Virgil van Dijk, in what would be only the Reds’ third transfer from Juventus yet.

De Ligt is subject to vast speculation surrounding his future in Turin this summer, as the 22-year-old has a release clause which becomes active in July. The Bianconeri agreed to include the clause in his five-year contract at the Serie A side, as part of the centre-back’s £67.5m transfer from Ajax in 2019.

The 38-cap Netherlands international has since matched his 117 appearances for Ajax with Juventus across all competitions. He has also offered the Allianz Stadium natives eight goals and three assists, while winning the Scudetto once along with the 2020/21 Copa Italia – Juventus’ first since 2017/18.

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Liverpool are interested in securing club’s first Juventus transfer since 2010 to sign De Ligt

Liverpool are among the clubs interested in signing De Ligt, as Klopp dreams of boasting an all-Dutch centre-back pairing with the Juventus star and Van Dijk. That’s according to TuttoMercatoWEB, who also report the Bianconeri will do everything they can to keep the Ajax product in Turin this summer.

Juventus are calm that no club will step forward and trigger his release clause this summer as the fee sits at €125m (£107m). But Allianz Stadium chiefs are eager to lock down De Ligt’s long-term future beyond 2024, and will discuss his situation with the defender’s representatives in the coming weeks.

Chelsea are paying particularly close attention to developments in Turin with Thomas Tuchel looking to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Juventus aim to offer De Ligt a new deal worth €8m-a-season (£132k-a/w) plus bonuses, which are slightly reduced to his current terms, until 2026.

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But a major stumbling block is proving to be the release clause as the fee will rise to €140m (£120m) next summer. De Ligt and his camp are eager to instead lower the sum to just €80m (£69m), which is likely to fall well short of the Bianconeri’s expectations for how much the Leiderdorp native is worth.

De Ligt refusing to sign a new contract could convince Liverpool to step up the club’s interest in the Juventus defender’s transfer this summer. Any deal would make the Dutchman – who has featured 23 times beside Van Dijk for Holland – only the Reds’ third signing from Juventus and first since 2010.

So, with that in mind, who has left Turin for Merseyside over the years to inspire De Ligt at Anfield, and who has headed away from the Premier League giants to enjoy a career with the Serie A side?

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Rush headlines transfers between Liverpool and Juventus amid interest in De Ligt

Ian Rush headlines all transfers between Liverpool and Juventus so far after leaving Anfield for Turin before returning to Merseyside. The Bianconeri signed the 73-cap Wales forward from the Reds in 1986, but Rush remained at Anfield for a seventh season on loan before eventually moving to Italy.

Yet he would only spend a year with Juventus before sealing a permanent return to Liverpool during 1988. Another eight years in red followed for the striker before spells with Leeds United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United (on loan), Wrexham and Sydney Olympic up to his retirement during 2000.

Rush enjoyed a decorated career at Liverpool across his two spells at Anfield with five top-flight titles alongside three FA Cups and five EFL Cups. He also helped fire the Reds to European glory twice with the 1980/81 and 1983/84 European Cups – the club’s third and fourth successes of six titles to date.

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Poulsen the last Juventus player to join Liverpool for De Ligt to follow amid interest

Christian Poulsen is the most recent player to leave Juventus to join Liverpool that De Ligt could now follow amid Klopp’s interest. The Reds bought the midfielder from the Bianconeri in August 2010 for £4.5m, plus £1m in add-ons, as Roy Hodgson prepared for Javier Mascherano’s move to Barcelona.

The Dane would only spend a year at Anfield, however, before Poulsen joined Evian after falling out of favour under Kenny Dalglish. He amassed just 21 appearances in all competitions for the Reds and started 18 times. Only 12 of Poulsen’s outings and nine starts also came in Premier League matches.

Can the last Liverpool player to join Juventus with free transfer in 2018

Emre Can is the most recent Liverpool player to join Juventus after moving to Turin in a free transfer in 2018. The German left Anfield at the end of his contract after four years, having joined from Bayer Leverkusen for £9.75m in 2014 before amassing 167 appearances, scoring 14 goals and creating 12.

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Juventus gave Can a £14m signing-on bonus to move to Turin, plus £4m-a-year (£77k-a/w) in wages. Yet the 28-year-old only made 45 appearances for the Bianconeri before joining Borussia Dortmund on an initial loan deal in January 2020 that the Bundesliga outfit swiftly turned permanent for £21m.

Aquilani sealed Juventus loan transfer a year after joining Liverpool

Rafa Benitez signed Alberto Aquilani from Roma in August 2009 for £20m as he bid to replace Xabi Alonso after the Spaniard joined Real Madrid. But the Italian arrived injured and did not feature for Liverpool until that October, and would only amass 26 appearances before being sent out on loan.

Juventus used Aquilani’s tough start on Merseyside to sign the midfielder on loan for the 2010/11 campaign. Yet despite scoring twice and creating a further six goals over 33 Serie A appearances in Turin, Aquilani moved on to AC Milan on loan for the ‘11/12 term instead of returning to Liverpool.

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Mohamed Sissoko featured in the first Premier League-era transfer between Liverpool and Juventus with his 2008 switch. The Bianconeri bought the midfielder from the Reds for £8m after he fell out of favour at Anfield upon Mascherano’s arrival and awarded the Mali international a five-year contract.

Liverpool had signed Sissoko from Valencia in 2005 and he amassed 87 appearances with the Reds in all competitions. But just 14 of the midfielder’s outings came in the 2007/08 term, before securing a move to Turin and playing 100 times through to 2011 and joining Paris Saint-Germain for two years.

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