Report: Club to make first official bid for 22-year-old after Chelsea 'snub'

Report: Bayern Munich to make first official bid for De Ligt after Chelsea 'snub'

Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt has reportedly agreed personal terms to join Bayern Munich despite Chelsea’s transfer approach, according to Sky Germany.

Bayern are reportedly preparing a first formal bid for the De Ligt, who has been described as the club’s first-choice summer target.

Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg expects Juventus to receive the offer by Sunday or early next week.

“There are still a few talks to be held. But it’s getting into the hot phase,” the German transfer expert added.

Despite De Ligt’s €120million release clause, Juventus reportedly demand at least €80m (£67.7m) for the centre-back, who has two years left in his contract in Turin.

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Bayern’s initial offer is expected to be at around €50-60m (roughly £42-£51m), but the two clubs could agree a deal at €70m (£59.2m).

The report also claims that there is already an oral agreement between Bayern and De Ligt.

The Bundesliga champions have reportedly offered the 22-year-old a five-year contract and between €17m (£14.3m) and €19m (£16m) in gross annual salary (roughly £275,000-300,000 a week).

At Juventus, De Ligt is reportedly already among the top earners, earning €9-10m net annually.

Sky Germany adds that Chelsea remain in the race, but De Ligt “only wants to join Bayern”.

This contradicts a recent report from the Daily Mail that suggested the former Ajax star is excited by the idea of working under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.

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