Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are once again front-runners to land Matthijs De Ligt – having agreed transfer fees with Ajax, according to reports.
European football expert Julien Laurens has claimed Juventus – the defender’s preferred new home – could miss out on De Ligt, with United and PSG having deals in place. Laurens added it’s not in Ajax‘s best interests to find the 19-year-old his perfect move, but simply get a good deal for their star asset. Juventus are thought to have offered a meagre £50million plus add-ons for De Ligt – miles adrift of what Man Utd and PSG are believed to have offered.
And Laurens told ESPN FC: “I think there’s a chance where Ajax will lose a little bit of patience and say ‘hang on a minute, PSG agreed, Manchester United agreed. In that case we stop talking to you and De Ligt can choose between the clubs that we actually have an agreement in place. It’s not really in Ajax’s interest to waste a bit more time about De Ligt. They want the money in, they want for him to go, he was great for them but now he’s decided that he wants to go. They want that deal to happen, they won’t want to have to go back and forth in negotiations with Juventus or whoever else. So they might well say ‘do you know what, we already have an agreement in place with some clubs, we’re going to only focus on those clubs and De Ligt would have to choose between those clubs because you’re wasting our time’.”
De Ligt himself recently revealed he is excited for what the future holds – whatever it may be. The Dutch ace said: “I am very excited about what could happen in the near future. I am also trying to stay calm, though. I view this as a challenge – that is the most important thing. There are several options and I really want to pick the best one. Logically, one option is better than another. Life abroad could be difficult, but I am still an ordinary Dutch guy, I am no different to the others. Perhaps living abroad will be more intense for me.”
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