Ajax is reportedly considering a move to bring Matthijs de Ligt back on loan to the club – just six months after completing a transfer to Juventus.
De Ligt was wanted by many of the best European clubs during the summer after a stellar campaign that saw him captain the Dutch team in the Eredivisie title and in the semifinals of the Champions League.
He eventually completed a £ 67.5 million move to Juventus, but has yet to enjoy the same success with the Italian giants.
The Dutch central defender has only managed one substitute appearance in Juve’s last five games, leading to more speculation about his future.
And A Bola reports that his former Ajax club is willing to explore the possibility of re-signing the 20-year-old on loan if his situation does not change in Turin.
De Ligt has made 17 appearances in all competitions for Maurizio Sarri’s team this season after a long-term injury to Giorgio Chiellini who saw him enter the starting XI earlier than expected.
Although it has been speculated that his recent absences are due to the performances of Leonardo Bonucci and Merih Demiral, Tuttosport reports that he was part of an agreement to allow him to manage his current injury problems.
According to the publication, the Dutch international has struggled with a shoulder problem since it dislocated it against Atalanta in November, as well as an additional pre-existing problem.
And Sarri is said to have given guarantees to the defender and is expected to reintroduce him in the coming weeks.
This would indicate that any departure from the club is unlikely, with Sarri also recently indicating that the defender remains firmly in his plans.
“I am the first to be convinced that he will become the best defender in the world,” said the Juventus boss Sky Sport Italia .
“He had five difficult months playing every three days and having to settle in a new country, a new league with a new language.”