Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt would be open to a move to Liverpool, according to a new transfer rumour from Italy.
The Lowdown: De Ligt on the move?
The 22-year-old remains an extremely young player, despite bursting onto the scene with Ajax a number of years ago now. The 35-cap Netherlands starlet racked up 117 games in his homeland before his big move to Italy, and has now matched that total in Turin.
De Ligt was a key figure for Juve throughout the 2021/22 season, making 31 appearances in Serie A and averaging 2.9 aerial duel wins per game.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for the Dutchman in recent weeks but a fresh update suggests they are far from alone in showing an interest.
The Latest: Liverpool still in the hunt, player open
According to Calciomercato, the Reds are one of four clubs who De Ligt would be happy to trade Juve for this summer.
The other three are Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, but the former have already signed Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea.
This ‘realistically’ rules the Bernabeu out, says the report, meaning it’s really down to three.
The Verdict: This summer too soon?
While there is no denying De Ligt’s immense ability and potential – Edwin van der Sar has compared his winning mentality to Cristiano Ronaldo – now might not be the most logical time for Liverpool to sign him.
In Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip, Jurgen Klopp has three great options, so bringing in a fourth top-class centre-back would almost feel like too many cooks spoiling the broth.
If De Ligt is still available next summer, a move could make much more sense, with Van Dijk and Matip both on the verge of turning 32 at that point, and the Dutch gem labelled ‘incredible‘ by former teammate Andrea Barzagli.
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