Prized defender De Ligt undergoing medical with Juventus

TURIN, Italy — Matthijs de Ligt is undergoing medical exams with Juventus ahead of an expected 70 million euros ($80 million) transfer from Ajax.

Juventus shared photos and videos on social media of De Ligt's arrival in Turin late Tuesday and of fans awaiting him outside the club's training facility when the Dutch defender showed up early Wednesday.

De Ligt is expected to sign a contract worth 8 million euros per season before being formally presented on Thursday.

The 19-year-old De Ligt was captain of the Ajax squad that reached the Champions League semifinals last season, having scored the winning goal against Juventus in the quarterfinals.

The highly regarded center back is set to join a veteran defense featuring Juventus stalwarts Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

And with Cristiano Ronaldo entering his second season at Juventus, the Turin club is putting together a serious bid to win the Champions League — and a ninth straight Serie A title.

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