Italian Serie A giants Juventus have reportedly made a big bid for Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt as they try to sign him ahead of the other interested teams including reigning European champions Liverpool.
The news of the €70m bid was confirmed by respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
The 19-year-old is said to be closing in on a move to Turin with the new development.
He has been offered a lucrative contract spanning five years for him to leave Ajax for Juventus.
Old Lady fans know all about the abilities of Matthijs De Ligt after his goal knocked them out of the Champions League last season.
Juventus splashed out the cash to sign Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in their bid to win the Champions League trophy for the first time in 23 years since they defeated Ajax Amsterdam during the 1996 Champions League final but their target was not met due to the goal from De Ligt when both sides met in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal clash.
The first leg meeting had ended in a 1-1 at the Amsterdam Arena which normally plays hosts to games involving Ajax before a Matthijs De Ligt header in the second half gave the Dutch Eredivisie giants a 2-1 away win over Juventus thus propelling them to the semifinals.