Matthijs de Ligt’s transfer from Ajax to Barcelona has delivered an unexpected twist, as the player seems to have rejected a prospect of joining La Liga giants
Only a few days ago, the Catalans seemed to be on the verge of capturing one of the hottest properties in Europe, with the 19-year-old defender said to be on his way of following in the footsteps of his Lancers teammate Frenkie de Jong, who signed for Barcelona months ago.
However, after holding talks with Josep Maria Bartomeu and Eric Abidal, Ajax’s skipper is having doubts about swapping the Eredivisie for La Liga.
The Blaugrana executives were not able to guarantee him a place in the starting eleven, which could be decisive in De Ligt’s decision-making.
Meanwhile, Juventus are patiently waiting around the corner, prepared to jump in and grab a highly-rated youngster to replace the outgoing Andrea Barzagli.
Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are not getting any younger, while Daniele Rugani failed to live up to expectations, which makes the Dutch international necessary for Massimiliano Allegri.
However, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are also in the race, which means Ajax will have a chance to maximize their profit for their in-demand star when they sit at the negotiating table in the summer.