Spanish soccer giants Barcelona are keen on signing another rising star from ajax, as per reports. The Catalan side recently snapped up one of the highest rated youngsters Frankie De Jong from the Dutch side. Now they want the skipper Matthijs de Ligt to join this summer.
The 19-year old, though young has built up considerable experience playing for club and country. He has been leading the youthful setup in the Eredivisie for over a year. De Ligt, who plays in central defence, would cost the Barcelona star €75m and they are willing to cough it out to secure the brilliant prospect.
Sky Sports transfer expert Guillem Balague has said that Barcelona are ahead of Manchester United in the pursuit of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. The France international came on the brink of joining the Red Devils in the summer, but Atleti’s failure to lift their transfer embargo saw him stay put for the season.
Since then, he has been regularly linked with the Mancunian giants, but Balague has brought a fresh twist to the transfer story. Balague has been following Barcelona’s interest in Griezmann for a while and in a Q&A session on Sky Sports, the Spaniard revealed that club president Josep Bartomeu has held close contact with the player’s family.