Matthijs de Ligt’s future is on the verge of being decided


The 19-year-old centre-back has enjoyed a superb season in Amsterdam, helping the Dutch club challenge for the Eredivisie title and reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1997. Ajax’s brilliant campaign is likely to lead to the break-up of their talented young squad this summer, with midfielder Frenkie de Jong having already sealed a switch to the Camp Nou. And Barcelona are now on the verge of completing a move for De Jong’s team-mate for club and country. De Ligt has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United in recent weeks, but the Catalans have long been at the front of the queue for his signature.  Barcelona are also keen to capture Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, who is also a target for Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham. Ernesto Valverde’s side, who have already won the La Liga title, face Getafe on Sunday. READ MORE Edu to Arsenal? Why Brazil’s general manager will arrive with baggage in his future Gunners role The 6 worst final-day results in Premier League history Barcelona’s pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt has hit a major stumbling block Barcelona ‘close’ to agreement with Ajax for De Ligt – report Why Manchester United could beat Barcelona to the signing of Matthijs de Ligt Manchester United dealt blow as defensive target rejects Old Trafford move Charlton in charge despite Doncaster’s late strike Brian Rice will build his Hamilton side around youth next season Tottenham lead Manchester United and Liverpool in race for Benfica starlet This has been the best ever Premier League season – Scudamore Manchester United receive boost as Real Madrid make forward available for transfer Farwell, Daniel Sturridge? How the true one-season wonder became a distant relic at Liverpool Manchester United identify Ander Herrera replacement worth £40m Quiz! Can you name all 34 teams to appear in the Championship play-offs since 2000? The 51 best players in the Football League this season 6 players Arsenal could realistically sign to improve them this summer

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