Juventus: Why Matthijs de Ligt isn’t going anywhere

Juventus signed Matthijs de Ligt in the summer 2019 transfer window for 75 million euros, and the Dutch center back seems to be worth every penny. After a rough start to life in Italy’s top flight, de Ligt has blossomed. He was superb in the second half of the 2019-2020 season as the Bianconeri secured the Scudetto, and he’s been very good in 2020-2021, even as the team has taken a step back.

But silly season is nearing, and, thus, the negative rumors surrounding de Ligt have begun. They seem to lead back to one team in particular, FC Barcelona.

The whole thing is preposterous, really. Barcelona have no money. De Ligt has only increased his reputation since successfully making the move to Serie A, so he is worth at least 75 million euros, even in this economy. La Blaugrana simply do not have the budget to make a move happen.

More to the point, why would Juventus sell? They are under no pressure to part ways with their most important building block. When we combine current ability and future upside, there isn’t a more valuable player to the Bianconeri than de Ligt.

Moving from Juventus to Barcelona would not help Matthijs de Ligt

Finally, there seems to be this idea that de Ligt is disappointed with his time at Juve, regrets the move, and wants out. There is no indication this is the case. It is all insidious speculation of the opportunistic variety after one down year for the club. De Ligt is future captain material for Juventus and has already integrated himself well into the team and the culture, quickly picking up the Italian language, to boot.

So it’s a stretch to say that de Ligt would demand a transfer, least of all to Barcelona. La Blaugrana are closer to the league title in La Liga than Juve are in Serie A, but it’s not like Barça are in a great run in the Champions League either. And whereas Juve won last year’s league title, Barcelona fell short of the La Liga crown to rivals Real Madrid.

At best, wanting a move from Juve to Barça would be a lateral one for de Ligt, who has already reached the summit as a defender in joining Juventus. The level of talent this club has had at center back is incredible, and de Ligt has the opportunity to carry the torch from Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci in Turin.

De Ligt isn’t going anywhere. He is too valuable to Juventus and knows he is positioned to have a special career as a defensive leader for Italy’s most prestigious club. Perhaps a move will entice him in the future, but why would that team be a debt-ridden Barcelona? It just does not make any sense at all.