Dimitar Berbatov believes Virgil van Dijk could help Manchester United land £75m target Matthijs de Ligt
- Dimitar Berbatov has urged Manchester United to sign Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt
- The £75million defender is being pursued by a number of high-profile clubs
- The former United man believes Virgil van Dijk may be able to help them get him
- He said: ‘He’ll tell him about Premier League and that’s a boost for English sides’
Dimitar Berbatov believes Virgil van Dijk may be able to assist Manchester United in signing Ajax’s £75million-rated defender Matthijs de Ligt.
The 19-year-old is being chased by a number of high-profile clubs around Europe, including Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs.
de Ligt plays alongside van Dijk for the Holland national team and Berbatov believes that could open a door for one of the Premier League teams to swoop in.
Dimitar Berbatov believes Virgil van Dijk (R) could help Man United sign Matthijs de Ligt (L)
‘One player I would love to see at Old Trafford is Ajax defender, Matthijs de Ligt, although I know every big club in Europe is after him,’ he told Betfair.
‘I watched him play against Real Madrid and he looks the real deal – so confident and assured for a player of his age.
‘Having his international team-mate Virgil Van Dijk already in the Premier League could be a boost for any English team chasing de Ligt.
‘The Liverpool man will be telling him how good the league is and that can make a real difference to where you choose to go.’
Berbatov said van Dijk will encourage him to come the England which could favour United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was made permanent United boss on Thursday, has made it one of his priorities to bolster their defensive options in the summer.
As well as de Ligt, United are also considering a move for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Berbatov believes they are right to strengthen at the back.
The former United man added: ‘In attack, with Rashford, Martial, Lukaku and Lingard, they have everything they need, but I think they need to focus on two areas; central defence and a central midfielder who can free up Paul Pogba to play in attacking areas.
‘United have spent a lot of money in recent seasons, so they need to make sure they don’t spend for spending’s sake; they need to think carefully about what they need and choose wisely.’