Barcelona have made signing Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt their ‘priority’ this summer while the defender wants to join the club, say reports in the Catalan media.
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.
Diario Sport say the Catalan giants have made the Dutchman their priority while El Mundo Deportivo claim the player places Barca’s ‘sporting project’ ahead of ‘higher economic offers’ from other clubs.
Atletico Madrid 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.