Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Matthijs de Ligt.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Italian journalist revealed that, despite recent reports suggesting Fabio Paratici could be set to launch a move for the Juventus centre-back, Bayern Munich’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, has now landed in Turin to begin negotiations regarding a deal for the 22-year-old – for whom the Serie A side are believed to be willing to accept an of €80m (£68m) in order to part with this summer.
In his tweet, the transfer insider said: “Bayern director Hasan Salihamidzic, in Turin as expected to meet with Juventus for Matthijs de Ligt. Just landed and ready to open talks between clubs. Bayern have already negotiated all details of personal terms with De Ligt, Juve now waiting for the official bid.”
With it being recently reported that, despite Paratici’s capture of Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan, Antonio Conte is still keen to add further options to his defensive arsenal ahead of Tottenham’s upcoming campaign, Romano’s update concerning Bayern’s move for De Ligt is sure to have left the 52-year-old manager gutted.
Indeed, despite getting off to a slow start in Turin, the £63m-rated centre-back undoubtedly proved his true ability over his 31 Serie A appearances last season, helping the Bianconeri keep 11 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.1 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 3.1 clearances and winning 4.6 duels – at a success rate of 62% – per game.
The £200k-per-week talent also impressed going forwards, scoring three goals, registering one assist and creating three big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 48.4 passes, taking 0.6 shots and finding his man with 3.3 long balls per fixture.
As such, considering his impressive metrics in Italy last season, coupled with Conte’s well-known fondness of the Netherlands international, should Bayern go on to seal De Ligt’s signing ahead of Spurs this summer, it would undoubtedly represent a huge opportunity missed for the north London side.