Matthijs de Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola claims there was an agreement with Ajax for the defender to leave this summer if a suitable offer was made.De Ligt is wanted by Juventus, but their reported opening offer of €50 million (£45m/$56m) without any add-ons was rejected by Ajax, who are keen to receive a bigger transfer fee.Raiola has claimed that Ajax made a promise in 2018 that, if De Ligt stayed for one more season, he would be allowed to move on for the right price. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “Agreements have been made with Matthijs and it is up to Ajax how the club wants to deal with this,” Raiola told De Telegraaf, with De Ligt’s agent believing the verbal agreement was that a fee of €45m-€50m.The Dutch paper says ‘reporting sick’ is not an option for de Ligt, so he will report to training, but his agent is hopeful a deal can be done as soon as possible.Goal had previously reported De Ligt had reached an agreement on a five-year contract with Juventus, which will earn him a total salary of €12m per season in Turin made up of his base wages and bonuses.That deal also included a release clause – as requested by Raiola – that will be around €150m (£135m/$170m).However, while they wait on a transfer fee, Raiola says he is keen to avoid an arbitration case, believing that process to be unsuitable for the player.“An arbitration case is out of the question for us,” the 51-year-old said, “I also advised Matthijs, because it does not suit his style and his lifestyle.“The player only hopes that Juventus and Ajax will show the will to work and that the deal is completed quickly.”De Ligt’s future has been subject to speculation throughout the summer transfer window, following a season that saw him impress for both club and country.Starring as Ajax’s captain, the 19-year-old guided his team to the Eredivisie crown as well as a surprise trip to the Champions League semi-finals, knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus along the way.A stoppage-time Lucas Moura goal was all that kept Ajax from the Champions League finals, while De Ligt also enjoyed a run to the Nations League finals with the Netherlands, though the Oranje fell to Portugal.Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been credited with interest in De Ligt, with his ex-Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong admitting he hoped the defender would join him at Camp Nou.
Brathwaite was taken in the second round of the IPL draft by the Sunrisers but with the team at the top of the table after three matches, there has hardly been any thought of altering the successful tight-knit line-up led by stand-in skipper Kane Williamson.“I spoke with coach Tom Moody and he was honest with me. He said my position in the squad is of a rotational player, and I will have to be patient for opportunities,” Brathwaite said.“There are 14 matches, so it depends on opposition, grounds and conditions, as well as form.”The position is not an entirely unfamiliar one for the 28-year-old who has played only sparingly with the Delhi Daredevils over the last two seasons, managing just a total of 10 matches across the two seasons. The player is, however, at this point, simply happy to have once again being selected to be part of the competition.“I was following the player auctions in January and was a bit nervous. I am just happy to be here and excited knowing that an opportunity will come up shortly. It’s a happy bunch of players, and it feels like I am part of a family. They have retained their core of players so it is a settled team. I can also say this is easily the most welcoming franchise I have been a part of.” L: Carlos BrathwaiteSportsMax-Relegated to the sidelines for this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign so far Windies T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite is anxiously awaiting his opportunity to make an impact for former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrathwaite to fly home after Thunder’s next matchJanuary 16, 2017In “latest news”Brathwaite hoping to take positives from disappointing second T20 showingNovember 7, 2018In “Sports”Brathwaite urges relaxed but disciplined approachJuly 31, 2018In “latest news”