A Liverpool move to sign Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt is gaining momentum, according to reports, with the Dutchman ready to sign for £200,000 per week.
The Reds mean business this summer. This has been evidenced by their €100M club-record deal to sign Darwin Nunez.
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However, the chances of the Reds following that up by triggering de Ligt’s €125 M (£106M) release clause are remote given the depth in that position available to Jurgen Klopp.
The German manager is able to call on four of the finest central defenders in the world and there isn’t another team able to match Liverpool’s strength in depth in that area of the pitch.
Virgil van Dijk, the best defender in the world, has the likes of Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez alongside him.
The four centre-backs give Klopp peace of mind after the injury-fraught nightmare that was the 2020/2021 season.
Liverpool “approach” for de Ligt “should not be overlooked”
In May, Calciomercato claimed Liverpool were in the process of weighing up a move for de Ligt, whose current deal includes a release clause worth £106M.
After signing Darwin Nunez for around £85M, paying that kind of fee would again smash Liverpool’s club-record transfer fee.
They then reported that the Dutchman would sign for Liverpool immediately if they agreed to pay him £200,000 per week.
Calciomercato again report on de Ligt’s future with an update on his contract situation, saying the defender is unhappy at Juventus after finishing fourth in Serie A for two seasons in a row.
Watching both Milan clubs romp to league titles has left de Ligt feeling “dissatisfied” and he wants his release clause reduced to €80M (£68M).
The report states that Chelsea have been interested in de Ligt “for a long time” but significantly adds that the “approach of Liverpool should not be overlooked.”