Two days ago, we relayed news from Spain that claimed Barcelona technical secretary Eric Abidal met Matthijs De Ligt in Amsterdam to convince the Ajax defender to make a switch to Camp Nou.

The Netherlands international’s form for club and country has seen him drawn attention from top clubs across Europe.

Friday’s edition of Sport goes on to suggest the La Liga winners are ready to make every effort from their end in order to make sure they win the race in De Ligt’s chase.

Ernesto Valverde’s side have been in constant contact with the defender and his agent, Mino Raiola.

The Catalan newspaper claims the Blaugrana will soon schedule a meeting with the Eredivisie star’s representative in the club’s offices.

It’s claimed the Camp Nou outfit are in a hurry to find a ‘preferential agreement’ with the player in order to fend off other suitors.

During the meeting with the Italian-born Dutch super agent, Barcelona will also look to shield 15-year-old Xavi Simmons from leaving La Masia. 

Whether the Spanish champions will be successful tin securing the future of two players managed by Raiola is to be seen.