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Could the chase for De Ligt be over?
Sky in Italy is claiming that Juventus have finally agreed a deal with Ajax to bring Matthijs de Ligt to Serie A — one worth a whopping £67.5 million. They claim that the 20-year-old will arrive in Turin on Tuesday night, before undergoing a medical the following day.
All of which means the red carpet can finally be rolled out for him by midweek. And we can all get on with our lives.
The chase for de Ligt has been a lengthy one but his agent, Mino Raiola, is believed to put his seal on personal terms in a contract that will span five years. That contract is said to be worth a reported £10.8m-a-year plus bonuses.
Nacho going nowhere
At least some players are showing a bit of loyalty — one of English football’s least visible commodities — with Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal insisting he has no plans to leave Arsenal, despite the club’s ongoing interest in bringing Celtic star, Kieran Tierney, to the Emirates.
That’s according to the Sun, which reports that Unai Emery’s pursuit of the Celtic star hasn’t persuaded Monreal that he should look elsewhere for first team football. Arsenal have already had a bid of £15m for Tierney turned down, with the Scottish serial champions holding out for a flat £25m fee that they want paid outright.
No add-ons in other words, even though that’s exactly what Monreal might look like when the seasons rolls around in August.
“I belong at Arsenal,” he said. “I have a contract and my idea is to continue playing for them. I am not worried about the size of the squad.” Instead, he’s welcoming the additions. “…I know the club is looking 100 percent for players and I am sure they will come.”
Roma angling for Alderweireld
Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi said that the club has an interest in Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld but are hoping not to pay a release clause for the Belgium international.
As quoted by Football Italia, Petrachi confirmed that Franco Baldini — who worked in the front offices of both Roma and Spurs — is serving as a consultant in London and assisting in a possible deal for Alderweireld.
“I realise there is a release clause for Alderweireld, but Baldini has a strong rapport with Spurs directors, he worked there for many years and can support Roma in attracting Alderweireld to Serie A,” Petrachi said.
Petrachi emphasised that Baldini is not negotiating on Roma’s behalf but said “in the specific case of Alderweireld [he can] help us save a bit of money. We’d be happy to sign him without paying the release clause.”
– With Philippe Coutinho serving as a possible makeweight in a Neymar-back-to-Barcelona deal, the ex-Liverpool man’s agent told talkSPORT that his heart remains at Anfield. A potential move to Manchester United therefore would be “very difficult … because he has such a great affinity towards Liverpool. His time there was fantastic,” said Kia Joorabchian.
– An injury to Brahim Diaz may have thrown a possible loan from parent club Real Madrid into doubt, according to Marca. He suffered a muscle injury to his bicep during the club’s training camp in Montreal and is now likely to be out for four to five weeks. He had initially been identified as a potential loanee by Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane but his absence in the run-up to the start of the La Liga season could put any temporary switch in doubt.