Josep Bartomeu poised to sign the best young centre-back in Europe

    Barcelona could step up their interest in Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt after the board meeting, according to Josep Bartomeu

    The Catalans are well aware they have to fix their defensive frailties, which is why Ernesto Valverde looks for a player to bolster his shaky rearguard.

    Among the names on his shortlist, there is one of the 19-year-old Dutchman, who has been impressive at the Lancers this season.

    Despite the young age, de Ligt is already entrusted with the captain’s armband at his boyhood club.

    Emerged as one of the best young defenders in Europe, the newly promoted Dutch international has booked 39 top-flight outings for Erik ten Hag’s team this season.

    Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid, and Barcelona have all been heavily linked with a move for the talented centre-back, but the Blaugrana president has now publicly confirmed Barca’s interest in de Ligt.

    “We have to talk about it from March, which is when we take the decisions, but his name is on the table, of course,” he told SER Radio.

    The reigning La Liga holders seem to be in driver’s seat given their excellent relationship with the Eredivisie outfit.

    Only a month ago, the Catalan giants officially secured the services of de Ligt’s teammate Frenkie de Jong, and the two could play together next season as things stand right now.

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