Matthijs de Ligt has seen his price rise to at least £76m, according to reports. It makes a new contract at Liverpool look fantastic.
Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that the price for Matthijs de Ligt is now at around €90m (£76m). It’s climbing, too, as clubs seek to sign the player from Juventus with a couple of years still on his contract.
Bayern Munich appear to lead the race for De Ligt, a former Golden Boy winner in 2019. Someone is getting a fantastically talented centre-back – albeit an expensive one.
And Liverpool were one club reportedly hoping to sign De Ligt. Tuttomercatoweb, Calciomercato, and Corrire dello Sport all made that claim over the last month or so as it became clear that he was potentially leaving Juventus.
Now, though, we can rule that one out. Liverpool have invested in a different way, securing the long-term future of their defence without even paying a transfer fee.
Matthijs de Ligt price reaches £76m
£76m would actually be Liverpool’s record transfer fee, worth around £1m more than they paid for Virgil van Dijk in 2018. That’s the level of cost we’re talking about here. De Ligt would be one of the most expensive defenders of all time.
We can’t see Liverpool getting involved at that kind of money after they secured a new contract for Joe Gomez this week. The 25-year-old is now locked in for five more years and with that, the Reds have their long-term future at the back.
Gomez and Ibrahima Konaté are that future. They’re two centre-backs who will compete at the top level for years to come. In fact, we’re not sure anyone can boast such a young, talented and experienced duo as that.
Konaté, of course, is coming off a wonderful debut season with Liverpool. He was so good that Jurgen Klopp picked him for the UEFA Champions League final and he put in a sensational performance.
Gomez struggled last term but we shouldn’t forget who he is. The Englishman started regularly as Liverpool won the title at a canter in 2020. He’s an elite centre-back and one with more talent than nearly anyone else in his position – injuries are the only concern.
And so Liverpool certainly don’t need to spend on De Ligt. Instead, they’ve secured Gomez long-term and set themselves up with a world-class defence for years to come. That’s £76m saved and this new contract looks like an absolute steal.
Gomez could easily have asked for a transfer away, after all, after a season in which he played just 331 Premier League minutes. Liverpool have pulled off a fantastic deal here – especially in light of that De Ligt price.