Trouble for Barcelona, as Juventus close in on a move for Matthijs de Ligt

Juventus shortlist Barcelona stalwart for a move in the summer

Barcelona, Manchester City, Manchester United and even PSG have all been after the Ajax star, but it looks like Juventus might win the race with the Serie A giant closing in on a move.

Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona are looking to bring in reinforcements in January as they push for a potential treble-winning season. But to do that, they need everyone in their team playing at full potential, but with both Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen out with long-term injuries, Barcelona are in trouble. However, to cope up with the Valverde has targeted Ajax star Matthijs De Ligt but it looks like Juventus lead the race.

The Dutchman has been shortlisted by everyone, and I mean everyone, from PSG and Manchester City all the way to Arsenal, Barcelona and even Real Madrid. However, it seems that Barcelona are among the favourites to sign the 19-year-old, with recent rumours linking him to a move to the Camp Nou as soon as January of 2019. However, given his performances for club and country, it’s no surprise why he’s being linked with a move away.

That’s exactly why there have been insistent rumours linking Barcelona to a move with Matthias De Ligt, with the Ajax superstar impressing despite his age. The 19-year-old has been a picture of consistency for the Eredivisie side since his debut and has even worn the captain’s armband on more than one occasion this season. However, it’s his calmness, technique, vision and sheer intelligence that makes him one of the most sought-after players in world football.

But according to reports from Sky Sports, Serie A giants Juventus lead the race having already made contact with the 19-year-old Dutchman. Both Vice-President Pavel Nedved and Sporting Director Fabio Paratici have already met with De Ligt, which puts the Old lady in pole position for the teen star ahead of Barcelona, Manchester City, PSG, Tottenham and so many others.

Author’s take:

If there are two players in the world worth spending outrageous sums of money on at the moment, it’s Kylian Mbappe and Matthijs De Ligt. The 19-year-olds have been in exceptional form for both club and country and De Ligt is someday going to leave Ajax for one of Europe’s big five sides, but the question is for whom?

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