Spanish football correspondent Guillem Balague has told BBC Radio Five Live’s Daily Football Podcast that Liverpool have been in contact with Ajax regarding Matthijs de Ligt.
The Dutch enforcer is set to become one of Europe’s most wanted this summer, after his exploits in helping Ajax to the Champions League semi-final.
Compatriot Virgil van Dijk is Liverpool’s main man defensively but a partner is perhaps required. Joe Gomez has spent the majority of the season out injured, whilst Joel Matip isn’t really a long-term solution.
Barcelona and Manchester United are also thought to be keen on the 19-year-old, according to The Mirror.
Balague told BBC Radio Five Live’s Daily Football Podcast: ” Barcelona think they have their man, even though both Liverpool and PSG have also been talking to him.”
Whoever signs de Ligt will need to fork out £52 million, according to Mundo Deportivo.
This type of transfer story will surely delight the Liverpool faithful. The Dutch defender will be extremely sought-after the Reds should pounce.
Virgil van Dijk was arguably the best player in the Premier League last season and pairing him alongside his fellow countryman could be a masterstroke.
Signing him won’t come easy. Several other parties will be interested and as a result, the player might prefer another destination.
The money doesn’t look a problem. Such an astronomical fee for a teenager might sound excessive but there is enough to suggest that de Ligt could become the best defender in world football.