Barca face battle for De Ligt

Barcelona are facing a battle to sign highly-rated Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt with Arsenal reportedly entering the race for his signature.

The 18-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou this summer, with El Mundo Deportivo reporting last week the Dutchman was in the Catalan capital with a view to a move.

A report in the Daily Mirror now indicates the central defender is on the North London club’s radar this summer as they plan to overhaul their defence.

The teenager has already won five international caps for The Netherlands and starred in his side’s run to last season’s Europa League final.

De Ligt has made over 50 first-team appearances for the Amsterdam-based club and Barca may need defensive reinforcements due to Thomas Vermaelen’s predicted summer exit.

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