According to Sport Bild, Matthijs de Ligt (22) will take a pay cut to join Bayern Munich. At Juventus, the Dutch defender earns around €10m per year, a figure that the Bundesliga side can’t pay due to various tax models in Germany. De Ligt only wants to join Bayern despite interest from the Premier League.
Bayern Munich have already submitted an opening offer of €60m plus around €10m in bonuses for De Ligt. This comes after sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić and technical director Marco Neppe travelled to Turin on Monday to negotiate with Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini and advisor Rafaela Pimenta. Bayern’s opening offer comes to a fee below Juve’s valuation, reported by Florian Plettenberg to be around €80m.
Bayern’s pursuit of De Ligt could also be dependent on the future of Robert Lewandowski. Sky Germany reported yesterday that Barcelona will submit a final offer of around €50m plus bonuses for Lewandowski, which can they be put towards the transfer of De Ligt. Bayern are willing to sell Lewandowski for €50m-€55m as the 33-year-old enters the final year of his contract.
De Ligt agreeing to join Bayern puts pressure on Juventus to sell.