Football Serie A

Juventus pushing hard to beat Barcelona to signing of De Ligt

Juventus want to see off the competition and tie down the signing of Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt as soon as possible.

The Italian club are making moves now to convince the Dutch international that a move to Turin is the best option for his career.

Juve took advantage of the Golden Boy gala — an award won by De Ligt this weel — to surround him with Juve defenders Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chielini and Andrea Barzagli in an attempt to sway him.

The Serie A side are ready to pay the 75 million euros Ajax want for the player and the Italian press believe Juve lead the race to sign the 19-year-old.

Ajax have reportedly even asked for a Juve youngster — Moise Kean — to be invluded in the deal.

However, Juve must first win round De Ligt, who is also one of Barcelona’s top targets for the summer transfer window.

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