Published: Fri, June 21, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Matthijs de Ligt 'Rejects' Barcelona Despite €75m Agreement With Ajax

Matthijs de Ligt 'Rejects' Barcelona Despite €75m Agreement With Ajax

Of course the financial power of the French champions has played a role and newly appointed sporting director Leonardo is desperate to get the deal over the line.

De Ligt is expected to depart the Champions League semi-finalists this summer with Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain mooted as suitors.

De Ligt has rejected Barca, in spite of president Josep Maria Bartomeu travelling to Amsterdam in bid to convince the player, as he had successfully done with Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong.

The 19-year-old Ajax centre-back has always been admired by Europe's biggest clubs after enjoying a sensational rise through the ranks in Amsterdam.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to bolster his defensive ranks ahead of the next campaign and quickly made De Ligt his No.1 target.

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Netherlands great Gullit feels his fellow Dutchman should not head to Old Trafford after United missed out on Champions League qualification.

"I think he wants to play in the Champions League, so that's unfortunate for Manchester United".

However, it's possible some potential suitors may find their efforts hamstrung by a big transfer fee and salary demands, while one or two other clubs are unable to participate due to looming tranfer bans.

And, though he is yet to commit his future to a club, Gullit is hopeful the Holland worldwide will make the right decision.

PSG remains the favourite to sign the centre-back, who will not make a final decision until he returns from holiday.

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