Barcelona ‘losing hope’ on Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt

Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt is yet to accept an offer from Barcelona and has superior economic offers elsewhere, report El Mundo Deportivo.

Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all offered more money for the in-demand defender who is yet to commit on his future for next season.

It is claimed that the defender is doubtful over his prominence at the Camp Nou, with Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti already offering plenty of cover in his position.

Such a move for de Ligt would jeopardise the future of Umtiti – who has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in such a scenario. It would also make an impact on gambling deals relating to next season’s La Liga and Champions League races.

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.

Earlier this month, a report in Marca stated that “the agreement with all parties is almost a fact” while it is said that salary will not be a major issue, but now the Catalan outlet disputes this.

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.

It is claimed that such were the levels of the defender’s performance that his agent Mino Raiola has upped his and his client’s demands for a deal, leaving the Catalan giants with cold feet on a deal.

The club are said to be hopeful the defender chooses ‘sporting reasons’ rather than ‘economic motivations’ in any deal, but their ‘good sensations are now gone’.

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