Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is interested in moving to Barcelona this summer transfer window after snubbing them in 2019.
Juventus sealed Champions League qualification on the final matchday of Serie A following Napoli’s 1-1 draw against Verona and their 4-1 against Bologna. The Bianconeri were on the brink of playing in the UEFA Europa League had Napoli won their fixture, however, luck favoured the Old Lady of Turin as they finished fourth on the table.
While Juve have managed to secure Champions League football next season, the Bianconeri face an uncertain future with some of their most important players next season. As per Onze, Matthijs de Ligt wants to sign for Barcelona this summer transfer window as he is no longer comfortable in Turin.
The former Ajax Amsterdam captain had offers from Barca and Juventus in 2019 but decided to snub the Catalans for the Bianconeri. The 22-year-old regrets his decision to sign for the Serie A giants after a terrible 2020/21 campaign and wants to reunite with his former teammate Frenkie de Jong at Barcelona.
Ronald Koeman’s side are in the dire need of a centre-back as the partnership of Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet has been porous as goals have seeped through this season. Barcelona have looked to address this issue after agreeing to terms with Manchester City’s Eric Garcia over a free transfer.
The 20-year-old is a signing for the future and to improve the overall squad depth, however, Barca still requires a defender of De Ligt’s stature and leadership in the back four. The Dutch centre-back is a physical brute and can provide the Catalans with the much-needed stability while also being a threat from set-pieces due to his aerial prowess.
He is currently valued at 75 million euros on the transfer market. If Juventus do consider parting ways with their centre-back then it would be around the ballpark figure of 100 million euros since his contract expires in 2024. Juve’s demands could be a turning point for De Ligt’s move to Barcelona as the club is currently in a state of financial crisis.
Currently, the financial situation at Barcelona cannot afford such a lucrative signing. Instead, the Catalans should focus on developing the likes of Eric Garcia, Oscar Mingueza and Ronald Araujo. They can turn their attention back onto De Ligt’s potential signing after a year or two when his contract nears its expiry and Barca’s financial situation improves.