Why Barcelona can signal Matthijs de Ligt at diminished value from Ajax

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And, according to Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, Liverpool have "been talking" with De Ligt as they consider weighing up a move for the Holland worldwide.

He has captained Ajax to the Dutch league and cup titles and nearly led them to the Champions League final as well.

De Ligt has been tipped to exit Ajax this summer and several clubs are vying to land the 19-year-old captain of the Dutch giants.

The report claims the "problem" is Raiola who is asking for an astronomical commission in order to help them sign his client.

De Ligt could be their first choice centre back for the next 15 years and already has an impressive body of work behind him after this year's Champions League campaign.

De Ligt is just a teenager but he sure is world class.

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De Ligt is already Van Dijk's centre-half partner in the Netherlands set up following his exceptional performances at club level.

Matthijs de Ligt would be the posterboy at Old Trafford and someone Manchester United can build around for a decade and more, and signing him would be worth any amount of money.

"It's important that he'll get playing time", Stam told DAZN, as quoted by Metro.

"If you look at the squads: Barcelona, after losing to Liverpool (in the Champions League semi-final), probably wants to strengthen their squad, especially in defence, if you ask me".

Reports in Spain are strongly suggesting that De Ligt will follow suit and joining his compatriot would certainly make sense, even if it would prove a double blow to Ajax. In the club they believe that their future must be resolved in less than ten days'.

Virgil van Dijk was arguably the best player in the Premier League last season and pairing him alongside his fellow countryman could be a masterstroke.

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