On March 20th, we covered a report from Sport, who explained Barcelona have submitted a first proposal to sign Matthijs De Ligt.

The front page of today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo claims the La Liga winners are ‘best positioned’ to land the Ajax defender, but will face competition from big clubs.

This includes Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. The Blaugrana’s competitors are looking at the 19-year-old for sporting reasons as they plan to strengthen their defence following elimination from the Champions League (except Juve).

It is further explained the aforementioned clubs view the Netherlands international as a strategic signing, taking his quality and age into account.

Ajax are aware of the clubs interested in the centre-back, but they will not encourage a bidding war, just like their approach with Frenkie de Jong.

De Ligt’s desire is to make a switch to the Camp Nou, which is why he had earlier decided to overlook offers from other clubs.

The next few weeks will be decisive for the Dutchman to make a final decision on his future.

He is managed by Mino Raiola and for Barca, one of the biggest problems in securing the teenager’s services is his agent, who is a ‘hard nut to crack’.

The defender has made it clear to his representative that his desire is to join Ernesto Valverde’s side, which is why the super-agent is less dangerous for Barcelona while dealing with De Ligt’s potential transfer.