Barcelona ‘one step away’ from Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt

Barcelona are ‘one step away’ from completing the signing of Ajax captain 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 €70m fee from Ajax.

The fresh report in Marca states that “the agreement with all parties is almost a fact” while it is said that salary will not be a major issue.

There has been hope at the Catalan club that the €85m agreement with Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong would help persuade his compatriot to join the Camp Nou.

De Ligt starred in his side’s run to the Champions League semi-finals, heading in the winner in the quarter-finals at Juventus before also netting in the last four against Tottenham.

Juventus and Bayern Munich are also both said to be monitoring the defender’s situation, with a summer move appearing increasingly likely.

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