Defender Could Be Sold This Summer
Manchester United fans have urged their club to sign the Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt. The news comes after their side’s elimination from the Champions League by Barcelona and another masterclass by the Dutch outfit as they defeated Juventus to make the semi-finals.
De Ligt scored Ajax’s second goal as they won 2-1 in Turin to go through 3-2 on aggregate. It’s the second round in succession where the Dutch side have won a tough away game against one of the giants of European football. They won 4-1 at Real Madrid in the round of 16 having lost the home leg 2-1.
United could be in for a central defender this summer and the club’s former centre-half Rio Ferdinand hailed De Ligt as “the best young centre half on the planet”.
He added: “He has beautiful and majestic ball-playing ability. Scored a huge goal as well there as well.”
His comments were echoed on social media where United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was urged to sign the Netherlands international.
United were recommended to sign De Ligt by former youth-team boss Dennis Langley. In an interview before Christmas he revealed that scouting reports were provided for both the defender and his Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong who will play for Barcelona next season after signing a €75million deal in January.
“Players that they turned down? Matthijs de Ligt. We had God knows how many reports on Matthijs de Ligt. Frenkie de Jong and all these players now are sort of around Europe,” Langley said.
But the chances of United signing de Ligt are slim. The 19-year-old is wanted by Barcelona with reports from Spain suggesting that a deal is close. Bayern Munich have also been linked and are very much in the running.
Speaking earlier this week Barcelona president Josep-Maria Bartomeu was guarded as to whether or not the club could make a bid.
“With Ajax there is a very good relationship. With De Ligt, I do not know what will happen. It seems he will be on the market and when we talk to the coaches we will see if we’re in for him or not.
“His way of playing fits us and I like it. Ajax are a training club that sells, but we have not had talks.”