Liverpool, Manchester City and Juventus will all reportedly miss out on signing Ajax youngster Matthijs De Ligt.
Liverpool to miss out on £70m-rated Ajax sensation De Ligt with Barcelona president flying to Holland to
That’s because he’s moving to Barcelona, with president Josep Bartomeu travelling to the Netherlands this week to seal the deal.
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.
We now have a report surrounding Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt. The report says Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is in Holland for a UEFA meeting but is using that as an excuse to talk to Ajax about a deal for the defender. The Spanish giants have already wrapped up a deal for De Ligts team-mate Frenkie de Jong and are confident of winning the race for the centre-back.
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.
We begin with a report from The Mirror which says Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to go back in for Aston Villas Jack Grealish. Spurs tried to sign the attacking midfielder last summer but Villa held firm. However, they are going to try again at the end of the current season. Playing in the Premier League would also boost Grealishs chance of getting an England call-up.
It’s claimed that Bartomeu will travel to Amsterdam later this week to formalise a €65m deal.
Paper Rounds view: Apart from not signing a new deal, which he is entitled to do, Hudson-Odoi hasnt done anything to suggest he wants to leave. Besides, if he is frustrated with playing time that seems fair enough. He regularly makes an impact off the bench yet has to sit and watch Pedro and Willian still play in front of him.
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We now have quotes from Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi who has insisted he is not impatient. The 18-year-old is into the final year and a half of his contract and has stalled on signing a new deal as he is frustrated with his lack of playing time. However, Hudson-Odoi has said he is prepared to wait for his chance.