Influential agent Mino Raiola wants Juventus’ Manchester United-linked defender Matthijs de Ligt to join Real Madrid in his next move, according to reports.
De Ligt rose to prominence for former club Ajax last season by helping the Dutch side reach the Champions League semi-finals and he was then heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Serie A giants Juve won the race for 20-year-old, however, with United bringing in Harry Maguire from Leicester.
More recently, the Red Devils have again been linked with a move for De Ligt as they look to find Maguire’s perfect defensive partner.
According to Italian publication OK Diario, though, Raiola wants to take advantage of the “cordial” relationship between himself and Madrid by steering the defender to the Spanish capital.
Having been at odds in recent seasons, it is claimed that the arrival of Alphonse Areola – another Raiola client – to Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain last summer improved relations between the agent and the club.
Indeed, it is claimed that De Ligt could be brought in as the long-term replacement for Sergio Ramos, 34, and Raiola is said to look “very favourably” on such a move.
Another report has claimed that Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri eyes De Ligt as the long-term replacement for Georgio Chiellini, 35.
De Ligt has failed to show the form that he displayed at Ajax in his debut season in Turin but Sarri has previously outlined why it will take time to see the best from the central defender.
“I am the first to be convinced that he will become the best defender in the world,” the manager said.
“He had five difficult months playing every three days and having to settle in a new country, a new league with a new language.”