De Ligt out of Ajax tour squad as Juventus move edges closer

If you can't beat 'em, sign 'em: Juventus pay Ajax €70m for De Ligt - DutchNews.nl - Live

If you can't beat 'em, sign 'em: Juventus pay Ajax €70m for De Ligt - DutchNews.nl - Live

Juventus are reportedly ready to pay $84 million for De Ligt's services, making him the second-most expensive defender in the history of transfers, behind only Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk.

Matthijs de Ligt's expected move to Juventus appears close to completion after Ajax omitted their captain from a pre-season trip to Austria.

In a statement, Ajax named a 28-man squad travelling to the camp in Bramberg in Austria on Saturday afternoon, adding that "awaiting a possible transfer, Matthijs de Ligt is not travelling with the group".

The youngster's future has remained in the balance all summer as the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have all been heavily linked with an approach, but recent reports have indicated that Juventus are now in pole position to sign the starlet.

During their pre-season training camp, Ajax will play two practice matches against Istanbul Basaksehir on July 14 and Premier League side Watford on July 18.

De Ligt, 19, led Ajax to the Eredivisie title, the Dutch Cup and Champions League semi-finals last season.

He was previously told by Ajax he could leave for £45m, but Ajax legend Marc Overmars was not aware of the agreement and demanded a higher figure from Juventus.