Ever since Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed his side’s interest in Matthijs de Ligt, there have been repeat reports linking the Ajax defender with a move to Spain.

Sport reported on March 9th that the Blaugrana have a clear advantage in signing the Ajax defender.

TV3 journalist Oriol Domènech has provided the latest update on program ‘El Club de la Mitjanit’ and Spanish newspaper AS have relayed the story in today’s edition of the newspaper.

Domènech explains the Netherlands international’s family and Ajax’s executives take it for granted the 19-year-old will follow his club and country teammate Frenkie de Jong to the Camp Nou next season.

What seemed like a dream to sign the centre-back is now taking shape to be a reality and the Dutchman is also keen on joining the La Liga winners in the summer.

Bartomeu shares a good relationship with Edwin van der Sar and Marc Overmars and Barcelona remain hopeful this could play to their advantage in signing De Ligt for a ‘reasonable’ price. 

It’s explained that Ajax would demand €70m to part ways with the teenager, which should be a fair price for a player who has the potential to become a regular for the next decade.