English Premiership

Liverpool join race to sign Ajax's De Ligt

2019-05-20 09:31
TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 16: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax
TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 16: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax celebrates victory with his team mates after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Juventus and Ajax at Allianz Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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.


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