Even before Matthijs de Ligt’s move from Ajax Amsterdam to Juventus Turin in 2019, FC Bayern is said to have dealt with him. Now the Dutch central defender is again being stubbornly traded in Munich. But the rumors stand on feet of clay.
Winner of the 2018 Golden Boy Award, youngest captain in a Champions League semi-final, one champion (2019) and one cup winner (2019) with Ajax, one champion (2020) and one cup winner (2021) with Juve and already over 220 competitive games under his belt: Matthijs de Ligt can look back on an impressive career at just 22 years old. There is no question that this experience would also be good for FC Bayern.
Especially since de Ligt was considered a born leader at the beginning of his career in Amsterdam. After three seasons at the side of the Italian warhorses Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, the Dutchman should have raised this quality to a level that also enables him to play a leading role in Bayern’s defence.
FC Bayern needs a new central defender
The fact that Munich should be looking for a new leader in defense fits perfectly into the picture. They also believe that the new leader is hiding internally in the 122.5 million euro French central defense Lucas Hernández (came from Atlético Madrid in 2019 for 80 million euros) and Dayot Upamecano (came from RB Leipzig for 42.5 million euros in 2021). only bold optimists.
In summary: FC Bayern could certainly use a defender of the caliber of Matthijs de Ligt, and a move to the Isar should also be quite tempting for the right-footed player. Especially since star consultant Mino Raiola, in his “charmingly” casual manner, told “NRC Handelsblad” at the end of 2021 that his client was “ready for a new step”.
That speaks against a change from Matthijs de Ligt to FC Bayern
But the fact is that needs alone will not wash de Ligt into the lap of FC Bayern. In order to free the Oranje star from Turin, a lot of money – or probably a lot of money – has to be thrown into the ring. It can almost be ruled out that FC Bayern will get involved when the financially somewhat thoughtless competition is happily throwing around millions.
Not surprisingly, the name of the German industry leader was also missing when Raiola listed possible goals for de Ligts in December 2021. “It can be the Premier League, but also FC Barcelona, Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain,” said Raiola, who himself knows only too well that it is not an easy task to plunder the Munich fixed-term deposit account.
The Italian already admitted to “Sport1” that he negotiated with Bayern about de Ligt in 2019, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. In the end, Juve paid 85 million euros and made de Ligt the top earner (allegedly around twelve million euros net).
The timing of the saber rattling, which Raiola did not choose by chance, also speaks against a deal. De Ligt is under contract with Juventus until 2024 and is therefore under no pressure.
60 to 70 million euros transfer fee?
De Ligt should therefore take the rumors about his person with a big grin. “Tuttosport” reported in mid-February about an exit clause of 120 million euros and Juve’s willingness to lower it to 60 to 70 million euros in order to save the defensive player’s mega salary in Corona times.
A few days ago, the Italian newspaper suddenly turned around and announced that Juve wanted to extend De Ligt.
Certainly also because the courted man himself told the Dutch portal “Rondo”: “Raiola’s statements were three months ago, a lot has changed. I’m really enjoying my time at Juventus. I’m learning from week to week and it’s a burden more and more responsibility on my shoulders. I like that.”
Words that underpin the fact that the rumors about a move to FC Bayern are very shaky.