Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs De Ligt have been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona since last summer.
De Ligt gets a mention on the front page of Sport, who explain the La Liga winners have already made a first proposal to the Eredivisie club for the centre-back, which is around €60m plus variables.
It’s claimed the Blaugrana are closing in on a deal to sign the teenager in the next month, which is why they have formalised the offer for the Netherlands international.
In terms of personal terms, he will be offered a five-year deal and the salary will be similar to what was offered to De Jong.
De Ligt wanted a main role at Camp Nou, something which was not promised to him in November. The operation to sign him died down, but their interest in the defender was reactivated a few weeks ago.
He started giving positive signals to joining Ernesto Valverde’s side following De Jong’s deal and after his brilliant display to help Ajax eliminate Real Madrid, De Ligt gave his total willingness to make a switch to Spain.
Barcelona’s proposal is on the table and he is assessing offers from other clubs, with Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are also chasing the Dutchman.
Sport claims Barcelona will not enter a bidding war with other clubs for De Ligt.
So far nothing has been agreed, but the Catalan club are believed to be leading the race for his signature as the player himself prefers to join Barca.