Cape Town - Liverpool have joined Europe's top
clubs in the race to secure the services of highly-rated Ajax defender
Matthijs de Ligt, according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague.
The Reds are focused on the Champions League final against Tottenham,
but that is not stopping them from working on deals for next season and
in-demand De Ligt is now a top target.
They will have to move quickly to secure a deal though, such is the
interest in the player, and the often reliable sports journalist Balague
claims the Reds have already started talks.
Barcelona would appear to be favourites to land the 19-year-old, who
has stood out in an Ajax side that has won a domestic double and made it
to the semi-finals of the Champions League before losing to Tottenham.
Liverpool would have to pay upwards of £50 million to have a chance of
doing a deal, but will also face competition from Juventus, Bayern
Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
De Ligt is seen as the perfect player to play alongside fellow
Dutchman Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the Reds defence and would no
doubt be tempted by such a move.