Barcelona begin talks to sign Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt ahead of Manchester City - football

Barcelona begin talks to sign Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt ahead of Manchester City



Barcelona have opened discussions to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax (Getty Images)
Barcelona have begun negotiations to sign Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, according to reports in Spain.
The 19-year-old is one of the most in-demand young players in Europe and is already the captain of Ajax with over 70 first-team appearances.
Manchester City and Tottenham have both been heavily linked with the Dutch defender.
But according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are ahead in the race and the Spanish champions have already taken ‘important steps’ to sign De Ligt.
Barca’s priority is to sign a central defender as cover for Gerard Pique and the club believe that De Ligt is the ideal candidate as he will quickly adapt to life at Camp Nou. De Ligt is Barcelona’s top target (Getty Images)
Barca are aware that De Ligt will not be a cheap signing and Mundo Deportivo report that the transfer could cost at least ?70 million (£61m) after add-ons and bonuses.
Ajax are also in a strong negotiating position as De Ligt’s contract expires in June 2021.
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De Ligt is represented by Mino Raiola and he is already in close contact with Barcelona.
Barcelona are also interested in signing Frenkie de Jong, who plays alongs...
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