Liverpool are still keeping a close eye on Matthijs de Ligt’s contract negotiations with Juventus.
That’s according to TUTTOmercatoWeb. They claim that The Reds continue to ‘closely observe’ the 22-year-old centre-back as a potential new partner for Virgil Van Dijk.
In fact, so keen are Liverpool to bring de Ligt to Anfield, that they’re reportedly ‘dreaming’ of pairing the two Dutchman together.
Chelsea are also said to be keeping tabs on de Ligt’s current situation. The centre-back is in talks with Juve over a new deal. A sticking point is that the player reportedly wants to reduce his current release clause from £107m to closer to £69m.
Sorry Virgil, but we just can’t see it
Today, Van Dijk has responded to losing a good friend at Liverpool in Sadio Mane. The 30-year-old has joined Bayern Munich after spending time at Liverpool and Southampton with Virgil.
After losing Gini Wijnaldum last summer, it’s been a hard couple of summers for the Holland captain. The arrival of de Ligt would therefore be good news for the big man.
But unfortunately for Virgil, we just can’t see it happening. It’s always prudent to be sceptical of links like this when a player is in the midst of a contract negotiation.
Further to that, Liverpool just don’t need a centre-back at the moment. Especially one with such a high price.
Liverpool aren’t averse to spending big on the right player. But as they’re well-stocked in the position and have high hopes for Ibrahima Konate, too. It would seem like a wholly unnecessary splurge.
Instead, we fully expect de Ligt to sign a new deal at Juventus. His transfer to the Italian giants was a little bit of a saga to begin with, and his extension looks like being a similar circus.
Although he’s a terrific player, Liverpool don’t need to tangle themselves up in that right now.