Matthijs De Ligt Likely To Join Barcelona

Ajax captain De Ligt rejects Man Utd with brutal response

Barca are said to have struck a deal with De Ligt's representative in March over terms for the Holland centre-back to move to the Nou Camp in the summer.

The Dutchman has already turned down an offer 70 million euros from Manchester United in the last few hours.

Nevertheless, it looks like Barcelona will indeed pursue a move for the 19-year-old, with Josep Maria Bartomeu admitting to the club's interest in him.

United were even willing to hand the teenager a five-year-deal worth £250,000-a-week, making him the highest paid teenager in world football.

According to the Spanish paper, Barcelona are in pole position to land the teenage sensation, who will lead his team out in the Champions League once more on Wednesday night when they face Spurs in the second leg of their semi-final.

"Matthijs is going to become the best defender in the world", Daily Star quoted De Ligt's agent, Mino Raiiola as saying.

The Spanish champions have lodged a bid of £70m, and De Ligt is understood to be keen on the move. The Dutch International is certain to leave the club this summer and there are many suitors including Manchester United. "He can sign for any side he wants but he doesn't have any interest in signing for Manchester United".

De Ligt would join Frenkie de Jong at their new club. They are not the attractive proposition they once were.

His header in the fifth minute triggered the same reaction from football fans on social media; just why is Trippier marking De Ligt?!

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