Barcelona confirm interest in Arsenal and Manchester City target Matthijs de Ligt

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 Mar 2019 3:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link500Shares Barcelona confirm interest in Arsenal and Manchester City target Matthijs de Ligt Advertisement Matthijs de Ligt is firmly on Barcelona’s radar (Picture: Getty)Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt, 19, who is regarded as one of the finest young defenders in Europe, produced an outstanding performance in Ajax’s shock win over Real Madrid and is being heavily linked with a high-profile move this summer.Juventus, Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City are all competing to land De Ligt and reports last month suggested that Unai Emery had identified the centre-back as a target for Arsenal.It’s understood Ajax are demanding a fee of at least £70million for the sought-after Dutchman.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBarcelona have already wrapped up a deal for Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong and it appears the Catalan giants could be lining up a move for his team-mate for club and country, De Ligt.‘His name is on the table,’ Barca president Bartomeu told SER Radio. ‘Where there is such talent away from Barcelona, we’re always looking at them.‘It’s a topic that will be discussed in our sports planning which begins in March, with De Jong we felt we had to move quickly because there were many clubs that wanted him.’ Advertisementcenter_img De Ligt produced an incredible performance against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu (Picture: Getty)Ajax director of football Marc Overmars, who is tipped to become Arsenal’s sporting director, hailed De Ligt’s ‘power’ and ‘mentality’ earlier this week.Asked if De Ligt could be the next player to leave Ajax, Overmars told AS: ‘I think so. For me, De Ligt can play easily on any of the six best teams in the world right now.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘He has the power, the mentality, the heart. If I worked at another club, I would like to sign him immediately.‘We do not need to sell him, we do not need the money, but I know he will go to one of the big clubs [eventually].’ Unai Emery reacts to draw against TottenhamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:44FullscreenUnai Emery reacts to draw against Tottenham is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Manchester United ‘came close’ to signing Gareth Bale from Tottenham, says David Moyes Commentlast_img