Atletico Madrid want Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

Atletico Madrid have joined the race to sign Ajax central defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer, according to a report in Marca.

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.

There is speculation that Diego Godin will leave Atleti for Inter this summer while the future of defender Lucas Hernandez is also unclear.

Barcelona have been among the clubs strongly linked to the teenager, while Juventus have also been reported to be keen on his services.

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

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