Manchester United hoping to attract De Ligt

Tanya Simon
May 20, 2019

It was previously reported that United had lost ground in the battle to acquire De Ligt after failing to qualify for the Champions League.

He has captained Ajax to the Dutch league and cup titles and nearly led them to the Champions League final as well.

The Reds have been touted as a possible suitor for the 19-year-old European Golden Boy victor this summer, along with the likes of Barcelona and Man United.

Barcelona have been busy in recent years trying to freshen up their centre backs with Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano leaving in recent years and Gerard Pique now 32.

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Ajax captain Matthjis de Ligt remains open to the prospect of joining Manchester United this summer, according to the Telegraph.

Meanwhile, De Ligt captained Ajax to their first Eredivisie title in five years and added the Dutch domestic cup to his trophy haul.

"It's important that he'll get playing time", former defender Stam told DAZN.

"If you look at the squads: Barcelona, after losing to Liverpool (in the Champions League semi-final), probably wants to strengthen their squad, especially in defence, if you ask me".

Juventus chiefs, although publicly saying they do not want to participate in an auction for the player, have regained interest for De Ligt, a deal which they already considered lost.

Both AS and Mundo are stating that even though De Ligt's desire is to play for Barcelona, Raiola is the "problem" for them to complete the transfer. "We all know who is their biggest defensive star - his Dutch colleague (Van Dijk) - the other players, Lovren and Matip, rotate quite a lot".

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