It appears Everton are the latest team hoping to bring Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt to the Premier League. The Telegraph reported yesterday that the Toffees are hoping to bring the Dutch teenager to the Premier League to help in their centre-back revamp.
De Ligt has been linked with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and even Barcelona this summer, so is clearly a highly-rated talent. With good reason as well. The Ajax star is already a full international at just 18 and has been favourably compared to Dutch legend and former Everton manager Ronald Koeman in playing style.
Valued at £50 million his arrival would be a game changer for Everton. Better than former player John Stones at this age, he would represent one of the biggest but boldest investments in the club’s history.
Is it possible?
The thing is, the deal could actually have legs.
De Ligt is now represented by Italian agent Mino Raiola. More famous for representing the likes of Mario Balotelli and Paul Pogba, the superstar agent actually has huge links with Dutch football.
One of those links is with new Everton director of football Marcel Brands. The pair have a strong working relationship and Sky Sports reported that the pair may work together to bring in some of the best talent at Goodison Park.
Raiola has a good relationship with Everton, appreciating the way they handled his client Romelu Lukaku’s career.
Meanwhile, despite City and Tottenham being keen on De Ligt the agent has a strained relationship with Pep Guardiola and reports suggest the same about Daniel Levy.
Sure enough if Everton did sign De Ligt the agent will be actively looking to take him elsewhere at a huge profit but it is in his best interests if the teenager makes his first move to a team like Everton.
As for De Ligt, it also makes sense, alleviating the pressure of immediately joining a Champions League side.
His signing would be a game changer and, the more you look at it, the more likely it becomes a possibility.