Monday October 15 2018
Ajax say 'no chance' for Barcelona on January Matthijs de Ligt move

Ajax central defender and reported Barcelona target Matthijs de Ligt will not move in January, according to Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars.

The 19-year-old has already won international recognition with the Netherlands, capped 10 times, and has made 76 first team appearances for the Dutch giants.

“The chances of De Ligt leaving Ajax in January are zero percent,” Overmars told LaRoma24, as cited by ESPN FC.

A series of reports in both El Mundo Deportivo and Diario Sport have linked Barca with a move for the central defender, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain also said to be interested.

It is likely that any deal will be expensive with the central defender’s contract in Amsterdam running until 2021, with Ajax holding the option to increase that by a further year.

Barca’s central defensive concerns have been highlighted recently with Samuel Umtiti’s injury coupled with Gerard Pique’s loss in form.

Football Italia website