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Matthijs de Ligt to join Barca this summer

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt is set for a move away this summer, although a proposed transfer to Barcelona has been held up due to the extortionate commission demands of ‘super-agent’ Mino Raiola. De Ligt, 19, has led his team Ajax to a league and cup double this season, as well as being seconds away from reaching the Champions League final, before eventually losing out to Tottenham in the semi-finals. 

                                                                        Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt plays alongside Liverpool’s Virgil van Djik in the Netherlands side but it is believed Jurgen Klopp does not feel he needs another centre-back. The defender would leave Ajax on a high, having helped them secure a domestic double this season, including their first Eredivisie title since 2014.

Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been linked with the 19-year-old superstar, who captained Ajax to the Champions League semi-final and the Eredivisie title. It is still not clear how much Barca will spend to bring the Dutchman to the Camp Nou, but it is expected to be between €60-70m. Spanish football expert Guillem Balague tweeted earlier today that Barca were one of three clubs interested and that they were actually offering the least amount of money.

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