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Barca confident of landing Ajax wonderkid De Ligt for £70m


Making waves: Matthijs de Ligt is wanted by big clubs
Making waves: Matthijs de Ligt is wanted by big clubs

By Robert Jones

​Barcelona are nearing an agreement with Ajax for wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt, who is said to be convinced to make the move to the Camp Nou.

The 19-year-old has attracted interest from many of Europe's biggest clubs as a result of his impressive performances in the Champions League. Team-mate Frenkie de Jong sealed a £65m switch to Barcelona in January, and De Ligt could soon follow.

No agreement has been reached as of yet, but it is understood that Barcelona are in complete control of the situation, and club officials feel as though the deal is all but done.

De Ligt is supposedly only willing to meet with Barcelona, despite interest from the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus and ​Manchester City.

A source added: "As was the case with Frenkie de Jong, Ajax will warn (Barca) if any other clubs make a serious move for (De Ligt)."

Barca are keen to remain on good terms with Ajax and do not want to disrupt their progress in the Champions League, after the Dutch side reached the semi-finals with a dramatic 2-1 win over ​Juventus on Tuesday.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has previously confirmed that he knows what will happen with De Ligt, but insisted that nothing will be said until the summer.

Barca are said to be ready to part with around £70m to sign the 19-year-old in the summer, and they will finance the deal by selling a handful of players on the fringes of the first team. They are looking to raise around £260m, and could part with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic in order to reinvest in the squad.

Thomas Vermaelen and Jeison Murillo are set to leave when their respective deals run out this summer, leaving space for a new defender, and the club is said to have earmarked De Ligt, who netted the winning goal for Ajax on Tuesday, as the man to guide them to success in future.

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