Publication date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:02
Matthijs De Ligt continues to reveal little about his future, claiming to be approaching a surprising € 80m transfer move.
The 19-year-old defender emerged as one of the hottest properties in European football this summer, amid reports that Ajax is willing to let him out for about € 80m (£ 70.8m).
Last week, it emerged that De Ligt has five offers on the table this summer, with Manchester United, Juventus, PSG, Liverpool and Barcelona, all having made approaches to hire him.
The guessing games about the future of the 19-year-old began in earnest, and over the weekend it was alleged that Liverpool – who had previously been singled out as a favorite to hire him – were set to withdraw after refusing to make the teenager their highest paid player and thus disrupt the likes of senior stars Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
It is alleged that the player's preference is a move to Barcelona, but with the Spanish giants also not wanting to meet their salary demands, it seems that the player may need some time to decide on his next destination.
As such, reports on Monday night claimed that Paris Saint-Germain was emerging as new favorites to conquer the Dutch, due to what has been described as the strong relationship between the director of football of the Ligue 1 giants and the agent Mino Raiola from De Ligt.
PSG is perhaps the only club that can mark each box by De Ligt in that they can pay him the alleged salary requests of £ 235,000 per week and also offer football in the Champions League.
However, the teen continues to reveal little about his future and, speaking Sports World, explained how it was to be connected to some of the biggest clubs in the world.
"For me, it's a great honor and a compliment," he said.
Looking ahead, he added: "I still do not know what my heart says, I've been concentrating all the time on Ajax and the national team.
"Now, on my vacation, I can think about it and decide what to do with my future."
Despite his personal success this season, De Ligt says the campaign will be tinged with disappointment after both Ajax and Holland came close to success.
"I think it was a difficult end to a memorable season," he continued.
"I think at the beginning we did not expect to reach the final, but we did, and if it's a final you want to win.
"I'm not happy that we lost, but we're proud to have come here."
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