Manchester United face competition from Juventus to sign Benfica starlet Ruben Dias in £34m deal… with Italians conceding defeat in race to sign Barcelona-bound Matthijs de Ligt
- Juventus have conceded defeat in the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax
- They will now turn their attention to Benfica starlet Ruben Dias in the summer
- Dias is seen as a long-term replacement for Juventus’ ageing defensive stars
- The Italian giants face competition for his signature from Manchester United
Juventus have conceded defeat in the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt this summer and will now turn their attention to Benfica starlet and Manchester United target Ruben Dias.
De Ligt, a highly regarded central defender, is edging closer to a move away from Ajax this summer and the Nou Camp appears to be his most likely destination.
Fresh from raiding the Dutch giants for Frenkie de Jong, Barca want to tie up a deal for his team-mate. They are hoping to beat off interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs including Juve, PSG, Bayern Munich and Atletico and Real Madrid.
Ruben Dias is a target for Juventus after they conceded defeat in the race for Matthijs de Ligt
Mundo Deportivo have claimed Juve will move on from De Ligt and now pursue Dias
As a result, Juventus have now moved on to a new target for the centre of their defence with Benfica’s Dias among the prime candidates, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Dias shares the same agent – Jorge Mendes – as Juventus stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo and it is hoped that negotiations will be routine.
Juve are hoping to sign Dias as a long-term replacement for Andrea Barzagli, with the 37-year-old moving close to the end of his career. First-choice pairing Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonnuci are 35 and 32 respectively also.
Dias, who has also been earmarked as a replacement for Diego Godin at Atletico Madrid, would reportedly cost €40million (£34.2m).
The 19-year-old has made 98 appearances for Ajax since making his debut in 2016
A deal for Dias would reportedly cost £34.2m, a relatively low figure for a long-term signing
Juve already face competition in the race to sign Dias though with Manchester United reportedly ready to splash £250m on young Portuguese trio Joao Felix, Dias and Bruno Fernandes.
According to the Mirror, they could come at a cost with Dias valued at £50m, while Felix has a £105m release clause and Fernandes’ is set at £95m.
Dias and Felix are both graduates of Benfica’s youth system, with defender Dias earning eight senior international caps while Felix earned a call-up for the March internationals.