Tottenham & Man Utd Told They Can Sign Defensive Star In £48m Deal
Tottenham and Manchester United have been told they will have to pay £48m to sign Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt this summer
The summer transfer window is now open and managers are working hard on their transfer targets so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, the latest on Matthijs de Ligt….
Tottenham and Manchester United have been told they will have to pay £48m to sign Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt this summer, according to the Sun.
De Ligt has been with Ajax his entire career after coming through their youth ranks and he’s now one of the hottest properties in Europe after cementing himself in the first team last season.
The 18-year-old was virtually ever-present and was named as the youngest captain in the clubs history while he’s also established himself alongside Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the Dutch national team’s defence.
De Ligt’s potential has caught the attention of several top European clubs with the Sun claiming that Tottenham and Manchester United have expressed their interest along with Bayern Munich, PSG, Juventus and Barcelona.
Mauricio Pochettino is in the market for another centre-back to replace Toby Alderweireld as the Belgian international is being tipped to leave after failing to agree terms over a new contract.
United have been strongly linked with Alderweireld but Jose Mourinho is keeping his options open and he’s also eyeing De Ligt as he looks to build a squad capable of competing with Man City for the title next year.
The Dutchman recently hinted he is open to the idea of leaving Ajax this summer after being quoted by the Sun as saying:
“Am I ready for a different experience? Maybe, yes. I don’t know.”
However, Ajax aren’t ready to let their key asset leave on the cheap and the Sun claims they’ve made it clear to the likes of Tottenham and United they’ll have to pay £48m to sign De Ligt this summer.
That would represent a club-record transfer fee for Tottenham so it would be a real statement of intent if chairman Daniel Levy agreed to meet Ajax’s asking price.
United obviously have the financial muscle to pay that kind of money so it’s going to be interesting to see where De Ligt ends up if he does come to the Premier League this summer.
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