Raiola may wreck Man Utd plans for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

Raiola may wreck Man Utd plans for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt
Barcelona begin Matthijs de Ligt talks – report
Share Share Barcelona begin Matthijs de Ligt talks – report tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Barcelona have begun negotiations to bring over Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax. The centre-back would be the filler that Barcelona have been long looking for in their defensive core. At 19-years-old, de Ligt would be a great player to sit under Gerard Pique and the rest of Barcelonas veteran team to get familiar with life at the Camp Nou.

There are a few other teams that are interested in the services of de Ligt. Those teams include Tottenham and Manchester City, which only City have a history of spending top dollar on youngsters.

Raiola has been quick to defend his player, too. After former United player Paul Scholes criticised Pogbas performances, Raiola took to Twitter to criticise Scholes judgement.

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The club needs some cover for Gerard Pique in case of injury or suspension, and de Ligt fits the bill. De Ligt would likely cost around €70 million, so they would need to be sure hes the man for the job.

Pogba is another of Raiolas high-profile players but has been at the centre of a feud with United boss Jose Mourinho, who has stripped him of the club vice-captaincy.

Ajax currently hold the rights to De Ligt till June 2021, so their negotiation position is quite strong.

United’s playmaker was withdrawn in the 65th minute with France 2-0 down and watched from the sidelines as his team-mates launched a late comeback.

That most-wanted list for potential players to be wearing the white of Spurs at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has just gotten a little bit shorter with news that one of the Lilywhites’ top transfer targets is set to be poached from right underneath their noses by none another than their vanquishers in the Champions League last week, Barcelona. 

He is quoted as saying: “Pogba? He plays in Manchester and we have to face him in two crucial games to get through in the Champions League.”

The five-time European Cup winners and incumbent La Liga title holders are set to take 19-year-old Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt in a move seen by Marca to replace long-time stalwart Gerard Piqué, whose performances of late have been extremely questionable.

Barca haven’t won a league fixture in their last four matches, and one of the reasons is that, despite having scoring in each of those games, they’ve shipped goals in like nobody’s business; nine goals in eight matches is no befitting a team of the Blaugrana’s standard.

The Red Devils are thought to be one of many admirers of the young defender, who has impressed this season domestically and in the Champions League.

De Ligt however has been making a name for himself in the Eredivisie, and even with his tender teenage years, has already made close to 80 first-team appearances for de Godenzonen. The Netherlands international is contracted at Ajax until 2021, with the Eredivise side having the option to extend his contract for an extra year.

A 90th minute penalty from Kylian Mbappe completed the fightback and avoided what would have been an embarrassing defeat for the world champions.

The centre-back suits Barcelona not only because of his unquestionable talent, but as he is a right-footed player to complete the left-preferred Samuel Umtiti. A deal is said by the Spanish publication to be in place for the end of the 2018/19 season.

According to the Sun, Raiola is considering blocking United’s move for the £61m-rated De Ligt should the row with Pogba continue.

Tottenham failed to bring in any new faces the past summer, seemingly intent on keeping the cohesion and unity the North London side displayed last season which gained a podium finish in the Premier League, but with players such as Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and now Jan Vertonghen having spells out right at the start of the new season, questions are beginning to be asked as to whether this was the right course of action.

After the concluding of this round of international fixtures, United face a trip to Chelsea on the return of the Premier League.

Furthermore, if Manchester United rear their head to try again to try and bring Toby Alderweireld to Old Trafford in January, then, in De Ligt, this is one potential replacement Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will have to rule out.

Despite still being aged 19, he already captains Ajax and has started in all nine of his senior appearances for the Netherlands.

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