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Juve close in on De Ligt as PSG drop out

Mina Rzouki breaks down the key reasons Juventus have emerged as the likely landing spot for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt is edging closer to joining Juventus after Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo said they are out of the running.

The 19-year-old Ajax captain, who has also been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona, has reportedly "agreed personal terms" with Juventus, but the two clubs are yet to agree a fee.

And Juve were handed yet another boost in their bid for the Netherlands international with PSG having dropped out of the race for his signature.

"There was a possibility. He is a great player but it was not a good time to make a big investment," Leonardo said in an interview with Le Parisien on Monday. "We must calm down a little. We don't have an envelope of €200 million to spend."

The PSG sporting director pointed to financial fair play rules as a reason for the club's withdrawl from the De Ligt transfer race.

"There is also important data, it should not be hidden: it is financial fair play. The rules and criteria in force must be respected."

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