Champions League holders Liverpool and Man United have been dealt a big blow following the news that Italian Serie A giants Juventus have won the race to sign highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt.

According to Sky Sports Italia, Juventus have won the keenly contested race to sign the 19-year-old Dutch international centre back.

It was revealed that the young player has been offered a lucrative five-year contract to become a Juventus player.

In addition, Juventus have made a €70m (£62m) bid for the Ajax Amsterdam skipper.

Matthijs De Ligt is one of the most sought-after players in the current transfer window on the back of a fantastic season for his beloved Ajax Amsterdam.

The Dutch centre back became the youngest captain in the illustrious history of Ajax Amsterdam when he was handed the armband last year and the player ensured that the decision was an inspired one.

Matthijs De Ligt led Ajax Amsterdam to the Dutch Cup triumph after a 4-0 win over Willem II in their final clash before the young defender led his team to the Dutch Eredivisie title on the final day of last season.

De Ligt led Ajax Amsterdam to the double for the first time in over a decade.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.