Several claims have come out of Spain this week that Barcelona have agreed a deal with Ajax for the purchase of Matthijs de Ligt, and now it’s just down to the player to give his agreement.
In reality, that doesn’t mean a great deal. It wasn’t thought that any of the clubs, least of all Barca, would have a problem agreeing with the Dutch club. Ajax have been looking at around €75m and haven’t used the competition for the player’s signature to try and start an auction.
Sport have a report on Tuesday which bring Manchester United back into the picture. Oriol Domènech has been on the ‘Club de la Mitjanit’ show, Catalunya Ràdio, and made some claims about De Ligt potentially moving to one club now, and saving Barcelona for the future.
People close to De Ligt are said to have told the defender: “If you go to United, in three years, Barca will pay whatever it is for you.”
Mino Raiola is said to have told Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu that there’s time for the player to move to the Catalan club, but now is the time for minutes.
He’d obviously get that at Manchester United, with the Premier League club not quite having the same level of defensive choices as Barca.
Sport headline their article: The environment of De Ligt: “If you go to United, Barca will pay for you in three years”