Matthijs de Ligt is considered a quality addition to Barca’s defense when Samuel Umtiti is constantly injured and Gerard Pique is down for his age.
Barca asked to buy Matthijs de Ligt
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca sent an offer to buy Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus. The Dutch center-back is considered a long-term replacement for Gerard Pique. De Ligt’s current contract with Juventus is still 4 years and is transferred by the transfer market for about 67.5 million euros.
Matthijs de Ligt still has not been able to fit into the style of Juventus playing under coach Maurizio Sarri. Juventus teammates said De Ligt was forced to adapt to the pressure and expectations.
In a recent interview, he claimed that he no longer felt unbeatable when he was playing at home, and admitted that he did not play well.
However, Juventus has not agreed with Barca’s negotiations. Instead, they asked Barca to recruit another player, Daniele Rugani. Even Juventus wants to exchange midfielder Miralem Pjanic for Barca’s Frenkie de Jong.
He has a hard time getting along with Juventus
In the summer of 2019, Matthijs de Ligt was transferred from Ajax to Juventus for a cost of 75 million euros. However, the Dutch defender has encountered many difficulties in integrating with the Italian football environment.
At first, Juventus planned to give young defenders time to integrate and get acquainted with the new defensive system, Matthijs de Ligt himself also needs more time to integrate into life in Italy, the 20-year-old midfielder told himself to get acquainted ” step by step ”in a new environment. However, Chiellini’s sudden injury forced Sarri to change his tactics to take him directly to the First team.
In this 2019-2020 season, he started 15/27 matches and scored 2 goals. At the moment, it is not known what the future of Matthijs de Ligt will be like this summer if he has not met his expectations.
Meanwhile, De Jong also joined Barca with the same fee as De Ligt. In this season, he participated in 37 matches for the Nou Camp team, scoring 2 goals and 4 assists.
In an interview not long ago, former player Ronald de Boer rated De Jong performed well in his first season at Barca and in contrast to De Ligt struggling, struggling at Juventus.
“I think De Jong has adapted well to Barca, look at Matthijs de Ligt at Juventus,” Goal quoted De Boer. “For a young player, it is very special to play a lot in the first season at Barca.”
Returning to the current personnel situation, Chiellini’s return accidentally put pressure on Matthijs de Ligt‘s position. However, if he can maintain his style, the door of his career is always open to him.