BAYERN MUNICH chief Hasan Salihamidzic reportedly flew to Italy this week to hold secret talks with Juventus over Matthijs de Ligt.
The news comes as a blow to Chelsea and Manchester United, with both clubs interested in the Dutch defender.
Salihamidzic jetted to Italy and met with Juve sporting director Federico Cherubini in Milan, according to German outlet Bild.
It's claimed the pair spoke for three hours on the subject of a potential transfer for De Ligt.
The 22-year-old's representatives are reported to have stopped discussions with other clubs with the defender set on a move to Bayern.
De Ligt is understood to be attracted to Bayern's style of play and is "convinced" that he wants a switch to the Bundesliga.
Read More In Football
Barcelona close in on Lewandowski, Messi DISAGREEMENT with Mbappe over Neymar
Win a Mercedes C63s AMG or £37k cash alternative from just 89p
Concrete figures are yet to be negotiated, but Juve have said they are willing to negotiate around the £63million mark.
De Ligt does have a release clause in his contract that is set at just over £100m, but Juve are thought to be open to letting him leave for less.
The Netherlands international has reportedly handed in a transfer request at Juventus and is heading for the exit.
Further talks between the two clubs are expected to take place next week, with De Ligt due to report for Juve training over the weekend.
Most read in Bundesliga
JAC-ING IT IN
Jacques hints he'll QUIT Love Island saying 'there's no point me being here'
JAC-ING IT IN
Battle is on to be next PM – and there's a surprise frontrunner
US star Fritz's WAG steals show on Centre Court – and fans all say same thing
Love Island beauty Cheyanne unrecognisable with long hair and lashes
SUN BINGO GET £50 BONUS & 50 FREE SPINS TODAY
Chelsea are keen on a swoop for De Ligt having lost both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer.
And reports today suggest United are also keen on the defender and have contacted De Ligt's representatives to register their interest.
De Ligt previously worked under United boss Erik ten Hag at Ajax between 2017 and 2019.
Source: Read Full Article