Manchester United would only have a chance of signing Matthijs de Ligt in the next transfer window if Juventus were desperate to raise funds, claims Italian football expert Gabriele Marcotti. De Ligt has been linked with a move to United, with midfielder Paul Pogba potentially heading in the opposite direction. De Ligt only joined Juve last summer from Ajax for a fee of £67.5million.
Marcotti says De Ligt has settled in Turin after initially struggling to get a regular spot under Maurizio Sarri.
And, at the moment, he cannot see any reason why Juventus would want to sell the Holland international.
“This is one of those things where there isn’t much going on, sometimes these transfer stories take on a life of their own,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.
“The indication that we’ve had is that De Ligt was well settled at Juventus.
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“Obviously he was on the bench early in the season, even after [Giorgio] Chiellini got hurt, Demiral was starting and then [Merih] Demiral got hurt.
“But over the past six weeks before the break De Ligt had been starting, he’d been playing really, really well and there was a sense that he’s still a very young player.
“So I would be slightly sceptical about it, also because he would cost an absolute mint given that Juventus paid a ton of money for him.
“Also, if United were so fixated on him surely they could have signed him last summer, when of course they didn’t.
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“It just seems like an odd one at this time.
“There’s another obvious factor in this mix which I think might make United a little bit sceptical, which is of course the guy who looks after him is Mino Raiola who isn’t exactly super popular at United of course.”
However, Marcotti believes there is a small chance Juve will want to raise funds following the coronavirus pandemic and De Ligt could be a player they look to cash in on.
“All that said, the only way I see this happening is if Juventus find themselves in a situation where they need to raise cash quickly,” he added.
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“Obviously they made a hefty loss at the six-month mark, they hope to claw it back later.
“Now, we don’t know how the pandemic is going to affect them.
“I think every club is obviously hit hard but De Ligt is one of Juve’s most saleable assets, alongside Paulo Dybala.
“So that would be the only possible scenario but I find that very, very far-fetched at this time.
“I’m sure United are monitoring him like they monitor any young, talented player out there but it would be bizarre for me to think that United would make him a priority now in April and that Juve would consider a move like this now, in April.”
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