Barcelona ‘to meet with Matthijs de Ligt representatives as they line up £64m move for Ajax starlet’
- Barcelona are hoping to beat a host of top clubs for Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt
- A delegation are set to meet with the Dutch club and the teenager this week
- The centre back is seen as the natural heir to Gerard Pique at Barca
Barcelona are reportedly set to meet with teenage star Matthijs de Ligt next week as they look to tie up a big-money move for the Ajax centre back.
Fresh from raiding the Dutch giants for Frenkie de Jong in January they now want to tie up a deal for his team-mate.
Reports in Spain claim that Barcelona’s move for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt is hotting up
The defender is set to meet with Edwin van der Sar, Marc Overmars and a delegation from the Nou Camp on Monday and Tuesday, according to Mundo Deportivo.
A deal is hoped to be agreed for him to move this summer ahead of the Champions League quarter-finals, the Spanish newspaper claims.
Ajax face Juventus in the last eight next month after pulling off the shock of the round to dump out holders Real Madrid in the last 16.
De Ligt is under contract until 2021 and will command a fee of £64m, similar to that which Barca paid for de Jong.
The Ajax and Holland teenager is one of the most coveted youngsters across Europe
The Spanish league leaders are seeking defensive reinforcements with Samuel Umtiti appearing set for an operation on his troublesome knee at the end of the season and Thomas Vermaelen out of contract.
De Ligt is seen as the heir to Gerard Pique as the 32-year-old approaches the twilight of his career.
The 19-year-old has made 98 appearances for Ajax since making his debut in 2016.
He has already struck up a partnership with Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Dutch defence under Ronald Koeman, and has earned 13 senior caps.
The 19-year-old has made 98 appearances for Ajax since making his debut in 2016