Matthijs de Ligt to FC Bayern? A flirt with feet of clay

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Speculations about FC Bayern’s interest in Matthijs de Ligt are almost old hat. When the first rumors arose in 2019 that the central defender wanted to turn his back on Ajax Amsterdam, there was repeated speculation about an engagement in Munich. De Ligt ultimately joined Juventus Turin, but he will continue to be traded at FC Bayern in 2022. Rumors that have 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.

The fact that Munich should be looking for a new defensive leader 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 “charming” casual manner already at the end of 2021 opposite “NRC Handelsblad” dropped that his client was “ready for a new step”.

That speaks against a change from de Light to 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 in December 2021 possible targets de Ligts listed. “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 confessed to “sports1” already that he negotiated with Bayern about de Ligt in 2019, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. Juve ended up paying 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.

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 it swung Italian newspaper suddenly and announced that Juve wanted to extend with 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.

Marc Affeldt

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