Barcelona turn attention to Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt

Barcelona have turned their attention to Ajax central defender Matthijs de Ligt after signing his teammate Frenkie De Jong, say El Mundo Deportivo.

The 19-year-old has been the captain of the Amsterdam-based club for over a year and has starred for club and country.

Widely regarded as one of the best upcoming talents in world football, the central defender is set to command a €75m fee from Ajax.

The situation appears unclear with Barca already having a deal in place to sign Jean-Clair Todibo from Toulouse while Jeison Murillo has joined on loan from Valencia.

However, the report claims de Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola is demanding a €10m commission fee from Barca – something the club is not willing to accept.

There is said to be optimism that the €86m deal to take de Jong to the Camp Nou this summer may influence his close friend and current teammate.

Tags Matthijs de Ligt