That’s because he’s moving to Barcelona, with president Josep Bartomeu travelling to the Netherlands this week to seal the deal.
Paper Rounds view: Grealish needs to be playing regular football in the Premier League one way or another. As things stand now there is a very good chance that could happen with Villa, and then Grealish has a very difficult decision to make. He may well look to someone like Ryan Sessegnon, who stayed with the club he came up with but his career has not quite kicked on as he might have hoped. There is still plenty of time for both players but this summer feels like it could be crucial for Grealish.
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Spanish radio station Onda Cero claim that the Camp Nou giants have persuaded the centre-back to join team mate Frenkie De Jong and sign for them in the summer.
Paper Rounds view: De Ligt is an exceptional young defender and it has already been mentioned he would want to play with De Jong so is this really any surprise? In fact when you consider there have been reports that Barcelona and Ajax are discussing developing a more formal relationship it really isnt a shock at all. De Ligt would be an excellent addition to the Barca defence.
De Ligt has been one of the most sought-after defenders in world football this season following his impressive performances for the Eredivisie side and the Dutch national team.
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A whole host of top level European clubs have been following his progress, but it’s Barcelona who have apparently won the race to land the Ajax captain.
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It’s claimed that Bartomeu will travel to Amsterdam later this week to formalise a €65m deal.
According to Mirror Football, Barcelona have first refusal on any of Ajaxs promising young stars since they secured the signing of Frenkie de Jong, its also understood that the two clubs considering an affiliation – this wouldnt come as much of a surprise given the number of stars who have switched Amsterdam for Barcelona in the past.
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