Juventus CEO Maurizio Arrivabene has claimed that it could be difficult to keep Matthijs de Ligt amid reported interest from Liverpool.
Arrivabene was asked directly about de Ligt’s situation in an interview with Tuttosport. In response, the CEO said it may be ‘impossible’ to keep the Liverpool target if he wants to leave.
“Today it is impossible to hold back a player who wants to leave,” he said. “But it is always a question of numbers, it is not that if one wants to leave you answer: please, take a seat. It is difficult to retain a player, but from the negotiating table you have to get up all three satisfied. And the fifth article always applies: those who have the money have won.”
Liverpool have been repeatedly linked with a move for de Ligt this summer, although that would still seem unlikely at this point.
Now or never for Liverpool and de Ligt
Liverpool have been claimed to be so desperate to sign de Ligt, that they ‘dream’ of partnering him with Virgil Van Dijk.
In that light, this could be seen as good news for The Reds. Arrivabene’s admission would suggest that the 22-year-old is indeed available at the right price this summer.
That being said, that price is still said to be a big one. de Ligt reportedly has a release clause of around £107m. As a result, it’s difficult to see why Juve would accept anything much less than that figure.
Liverpool also have bigger priorities than bringing in another centre-back, no matter how good de Ligt is.
It isn’t often a player of his quality is on the market, though. Chelsea and Manchester City are both reportedly interested in taking advantage of the Dutch international’s situation. Should he sign for either, he’d improve them markedly.
That shouldn’t be Liverpool’s concern, though. The fact is that they can’t afford to drop so much money on a player who isn’t an absolute necessity.
If Liverpool do feel de Ligt is too good an opportunity to turn down though, then now would seem like the time to go for him.