Barcelona confirm interest in Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed the club hold an interest in signing Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The 19-year-old has been the captain of the Amsterdam-based team 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.

“We have followed de Ligt for a while. It's true he's a player we like, but Barca also have other important players in the squad,” Bartomeu told reporters.

“We will look at more things from March or April. We're delighted to watch him play and admire him, but there's nothing more at the moment.”

Barca have already signed Jean-Clair Todibo from Toulouse while Jeison Murillo has joined on loan from Valencia.

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

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