Barcelona ‘prioritise deal’ for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

Barcelona have made Ajax’s teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt ‘a top priority’ on their transfer list, according to reports in Spain.

The 19-year-old has already won international recognition with the Netherlands, capped nine times, and has made 76 first team appearances for the Dutch giants.

Diario Sport cite a report from TV3 that de Ligt has surpassed Ajax teammate and central midfielder Frenkie de Jong in Barca’s list of targets.

It is likely that any deal will be expensive with the central defender’s contract in Amsterdam running until 2021, with Ajax holding the option to increase that by a further year.

Barca’s central defensive concerns have been highlighted recently with Samuel Umtiti’s injury coupled with Gerard Pique’s loss in form.

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