Juventus are trying to sort out Matthijs de Ligt’s future while he continues to draw interest from Liverpool and a few other clubs.
His contract expires in 2024 and there is a release clause of €125m for this summer and €140m in 2023. The defender wants a lower release clause to pen a new deal at the Turin club.
Two days ago, Corriere dello Sport threw Liverpool in the mix to sign the 22-year-old this summer.
Calciomercato now state the centre-back is dealing his renewal, while also being aware he is ‘one of the most coveted defenders’ in the market.
He hasn’t asked to be sold, but the report adds his ‘sale cannot be ruled out’, likely from Juve’s point of view.
A key to the Netherlands international signing a new deal with the Serie A side will be the new release clause.
Reducing this to €75-80m [with a new deal] will allow the player to be ‘master of his own destiny’, even if it means this clause could only be activate in 2023.
Juve want his renewal sorted out for financial and sporting reasons, so that they can keep De Ligt for at least one more season, but suitors are not lacking as Liverpool are one among them.
It’s claimed that ‘there is Liverpool’ as Jürgen Klopp’s side began to take ‘rather concrete’ steps towards De Ligt a ‘few weeks ago’, even if that’s all they have to say about the Merseyside club.
Calciomercato end their report by stating: ‘The market is calling and will call louder and louder. Meanwhile, De Ligt deals with the renewal with Juve, an extension to secure him. But not too much’.
On a side note, it’s worth pointing out that Liverpool don’t exactly need Matthijs de Ligt at this stage, so these stories, coincidentally appearing amid contract renewal talks, might have a purpose of their own: pushing Juventus to accept his terms.