Matthijs de Ligt’s impressive displays for Ajax have seen his stock rise as he continues to draw attention from top clubs across Europe.
Journalist Miguel Rico, writing for today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo explains that Barcelona and Juventus will face competition as Manchester City and Bayern Munich have ‘maximum interest’ in the Dutchman.
It’s claimed the Blaugrana and the Old Lady are the two clubs who have formally discussed with the Eredivisie club’s sporting director, Marc Overmars, regarding the 19-year-old and they have received the same response – De Ligt’s asking price is set to €60m.
Earlier rumours claimed the Netherlands international would cost potential suitors around €50m, but Rico claims that Ajax are demanding €10m more than what’s reported elsewhere.
Overmars has already ruled out the possibility of his player leaving the club in the mid-season transfer window, while it’s said he’s admitted, presumably privately, that his side will see two to three players leave the club next summer.
The Catalan newspaper goes on to suggest that Ajax have put the price tag on De Ligt after assuming that they can’t hold him ‘any longer’ beyond this season.
Manchester City are also being linked with Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong.